1 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 nations, by the Way of the Sea,
beyond the Jordan—2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great
light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before
you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the
plunder. 4 For as 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. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled
in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.6 For to
us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on
his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness 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 forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish
1.Read this passage with excitement and anticipation. King Ahaz has
refused to listen to and obey God, but a greater king is coming to
put things right.
2.The birth of a child will produce illumination which is a great light
to the darkened people.
3.Which of these titles—”Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace”—particularly describes God as you
have known him during a time of difficulty? Recall the situation
and continue meditate on that name. Converse with God.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.