Isaiah 8:1-9:21; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 23:4-5
“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future
he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the
way of the sea, along the Jordan.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the
shadow of death
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as men rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For as in in the day of Midian’s defeat
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warriors boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government will be on
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government
and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.”
Lord God, into a tumultuous world riddled with warring nations fueled by mankind’s greed, pride and lust for power you sent your Son. Our world seems no less different today than the one into which the prophet Isaiah spoke and the one into which Jesus was born. Sin and evil abound. But thanks be to You, O God–our Wonderful Counselor has come! Our Mighty God has broken the chains of sin and death! Our Everlasting Father reigns above! We have met the Prince of Peace! Days of righteousness and justice are coming! Lord, may faith increase in our world–that people will look to you for their salvation. Help us to be your faithful witnesses, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.