6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
This morning I read Isaiah 9:1-7. There is way too much that stirred in my mind, but verses 6 and 7 nearly knocked me out of my chair. I have heard these two verses before, but with the reminders God has been giving me lately, I could not pass up the opportunity to share what God has been teaching me. I was at church this past weekend and was reminded of something there. God is a promise keeper. I was reminded again in a Bible study just two days later. He keeps His promises. The funny thing is that I am still constantly learning of His promises. His promises are not the ones that we think He promises us. We've created these ideal promises in our own minds. He never promised that I would have a husband and children one day. He never promised that I would graduate high school or play field hockey. He never promised that I would make a lot of money in the future. None of those are His promises written in the Word. Could He still bless me with those things? Absolutely, but He never promised those things. So why do people like you and me cling to the things that we think God promises us without Him clearly making those promises?
We make everything about us, when truly this life is not about us. When we choose Jesus we deny ourselves and follow in faith. God loves us, but we have to be in constant reminder of Who is at the center of the world. It is most definitely not you or me, and thank goodness for that! One sin that we often times overlook is our selfishness. We are selfish in the way that we think, act, and even the way we pray. Are you selfish with your prayers sometimes, too? I catch myself too often praying for things in my life way more than for the lives of others. I felt convicted to share this because I know I am not the only one who struggles with this. It's human nature to be selfish. I am reminded of The High Priestly Prayer in John 17. Yes, Jesus prays for Himself here, but the majority of the prayer is prayers for His followers and those who will later believe in Him through the word.
I very much believe that we are to be in constant prayer with God about our own lives, but also for lives of others. The power of prayer is incredible. We can hardly grasp the true power of prayer, but many times we see prayers answered. Today was a perfect reminder of clinging to His promises. Know that He is good and He is a promise keeper. Instead of falling to the sin of selfishness, choose Jesus. When we choose Jesus, we offer ourselves to Him. There is no greater thing than to be used by our God! Why settle for and cling to the false idols and promises we've created? There's something far greater that we get to a part of by the grace of God. We have the Holy Spirit with us so we can be a part of the fulfillment of His promises. He is good and He is a promise keeper. Cling to Him.