Daily Devotion: Isaiah 9

…”But in the future he will bring honor to the way of the sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before you as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing spoils. For you have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as you did on the day of Midian. For every trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:1–7, CSB)

“The people walking in darkness” calls the readers attention back to the previous chapter where the people are roaming the land dejected and hungry. They look to the sky and curse God. They look at the problems all around them and curse their leaders. They see the earth and they give up.

But these people consumed by darkness have now “seen a great light” out of Galilee. The people rejoice over the miraculous provision supplied by God. The only thing Isaiah can compare it to is the supernatural way that God saved his people through Gideon in Judges 7:25.

There is no longer any need for war uniforms. The memories of these bloody times are burned in the fire.

All because a child has been born. He is wonderful, mighty, eternal, and peaceful. He is a counselor, father, royalty, and God.

His rule is established immediately and forever.

This is done for the glory and satisfaction of God.

I can’t help but focus on these royal titles given to the Messiah. Each one is something that we need. Especially if our life resonates with the people in this story who are suffering and depressed. We need a counsellor with unique wisdom to speak into our life. But we don’t just need a listening ear and kind advice, we need someone with abundant power to change my situation – change my heart. His work in my life is timeless.