Read Isaiah 9:6-7 Like most kids, I used to look forward to Christmas all year during my childhood. My birthday is also in December, so the last month of the year was big time for me. It was the only time of the year that I got presents. I would plan and prepare, make lists, and anxiously await my birthday parties and Christmas morning, so I could rip into my presents. I would get so pumped every year, until a few weeks after Christmas, when I would realize I wouldn’t get any more presents for another year! Several centuries before the birth of baby Jesus that we celebrate on Christmas, the Prophet Isaiah spoke about the One who was to come. A child was going to be born, he said, and this child will be called things like wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace. This child would be a king, one whose kingdom would stand for all time. The people of Israel waiting for a king just like this to come and save them from their circumstances. They were waiting on their king to come, but they would be waiting for a while. The people were expecting a king to come to rule their kingdom. They thought someone would come and immediately defeat their foes and set up a kingdom on earth. What they God was a heavenly king. One who ruled by serving, who conquered evil by loving, one who came to earth, born of a virgin, and was laid in a manger. When we celebrate Christmas, it would do us good to remember the Christ of Christmas. It’s not about getting fired up about if a person says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. It’s about remembering and honoring our Heavenly King by showing the world that He was and is a wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace by how we love and serve those in our lives. Reflect Before Jesus was born, there were people anxiously awaiting for the Messiah to come. Do you anxiously wait on Christmas with exciting or dread? Why? Pray Spend a few moments talking to God today about what it means to you that God is a wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace. Talk to Him about how those descriptions of Him stack up against your view of Him. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5]]>