For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
There are four names listed in this verse for our Lord, the one who left the perfectness of heaven and came to live among us for the sole reason of providing a plan of redemption for us from our sinful nature. Four names that encompass a great amount of information and truth.
Wonderful Counselor – A counselor is one we listen to and accept advice from. People in our society today listen to all kinds of counselors; friends, politicians, talk show hosts, athletes, and actors just to name a few. Whomever you listen to and accept advice or counsel from, that person is your counselor.
Some of those counselors may give you good advice. Many are not giving advice, but only their opinion based only on selfish desires. No matter whom you listen to and seek for counsel, make certain their advice lines up with God’s word. Absolute truth is found only in the Word of God, creator of the universe. He is the Wonderful Counselor.
Mighty God – The word mighty is synonymous with power, strength, and enormous or colossal. God is not only mighty, He is Almighty. There is none, no power on earth, no person, nation, or group of people as powerful or mighty as the God who created the universe.
His might is not only above all in physical strength. His intellectual might is far above the wisest person who has ever lived. His mental might is beyond earthly comprehension. Mighty God is the one who feeds and pours into each one, our own ability of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual might.
Everlasting Father – A father figure is one who raises up his children with the utmost intent of their well-being. God Almighty, our everlasting Father desires to raise you up with the highest intent (far above earthly intent) of Not only for a few years, but from before you were conceived (You knew me before I was conceived in the womb – Jeremiah 1:5) all the way to forever and ever. His fatherly devotion to you is everlasting.
Prince of Peace – In this world we all face trials and adversity. The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father desires to be your Prince of Peace. He alone can bring peace into your life, even in the midst of trials. You will face trials, but this Prince can bring a peace that passes all understanding.
This December, in the hustle and bustle of the season, stop for a few minutes to ponder how the four names of God in Isaiah 9:6 have affected your life and how He desires to impact you this month and in 2023.