Today’s Reading: Isaiah 8:1-9:21 (additional reading Psalm 55:1-23 and Proverbs 23:4-5)
The language in Isaiah 8 is ominous and foreboding. People are rejecting God’s ways and are walking and living in darkness. Despair is rampant in the nation, distress is common and the pressures or an enemy attack lurks in every shadow. The people are afraid and stressed out.
Why are they afraid? Was it because they had an enemy poised on its border, the nation called Assyria, power and vicious? Is that why they were afraid? Is that we are afraid? NO! They were afraid because they had totally lost sight of God, and that is why God sent Isaiah, to help them recover their sight. The days of God’s nearness, the days of God’s great works, the days of God’s glory and the days where a word from the book brought them comfort have all gone!
Looking for answers they thrust themselves further into darkness and hopelessness by having their palms read and checking out astrological charts and the whole time cursing God! It is interesting, but God says in verse 20 that all they need is the teaching and the testimony, in other words, just look in God’s word and that’s all you will need.
The next several verses in today’s reading indicated that God was going to do something new and significant. These are the exact words that many people are needing to hear today if we can listen. Those in darkness will see a great light… Joy will replace despair …. The enemies power will be broken.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
In the Bible, there are 256 names given for the Lord Jesus Christ. Probably because that He is so infinitely more than anyone name could ever express. The Bible says that HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL. The name of Jesus is extraordinary. It represents all the vast power and grace of Jesus Himself and is beyond all that we expect.
What situation we find ourselves in or whatever situation our culture finds itself in, we can always have hope because His name is wonderful! He is Wonderful!
Why do you fear?
Do You find Jesus name wonderful?
Father, Thank You that You are wonderful. Thank You that Your name is sweet on our lips. Thank You that in the darkness, You gave us light. Help us to dwell on the wonder of Your salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen