It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve.
I can’t help but think today that all my problems would be solved if I could just believe the Christmas story. I’m not talking about giving intellectual assent to the historical concept that a baby born and He was Jesus and He has set us free. I mean all my problems would be solved if I could just believe that there is a God on His throne and He is who He says He is.
All I want for Christmas is to believe that He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I’m asking for that for you and me as I write this.
Take 35 seconds to put your head down and beg God to give you faith to believe that those names describe your Maker and Savior.
Wonderful Counselor. You don’t have to do this life alone. Jesus stands ready to advice you on every decision you have ahead of you today. For every unknown variable that is overwhelming you today you have access to consult the only truly wise Being in the Universe. Take time today to seek His council.
Mighty God. We call Him ‘God’ because He is God. We say He’s mighty because there is no power like His. With a single word all that you see could be swallowed into nonexistence. Our Savior is not like Santa. He is God. Everything is under His control. Your life is not at the mercy of your boss or your spouse or your sin. Your hope is not in your intellect, your strength or your beauty. Take time today to fall on your face before His majesty.
Everlasting Father: You are known and loved. Not in a cute hallmark way and not in a corporate doctrinal way. You have a Heavenly Father who is coming to find His kids and bring them home no matter what it takes. This is a Father who loves His kids with an everlasting and unfailing faithfulness. He came for you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. Take time today to celebrate that you get to know Him forever.
Prince of Peace: I’m filled with tension today. I’m annoyed and irritated and angry and scared and I don’t even know what it means to believe that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
When I contemplate the peace Jesus has negotiated between me and the Father, I know that peace is a big word. I know that it means more than an absence of strife. It means more than no more conflict.
It means unity that’s deep and wide and safe. It means wholeness with no more emptiness and no more loneliness and no more anxiety and no more worry and no more stress.
We’re not so different from the crowd Isaiah was talking to when he shared these names.
We’re waiting. Our lives are lived in waiting. We see by faith, not by sight.
Man. I want to see that Prince of Peace in the flesh.
Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus, Come.