For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6 ESV
Even in the Old Testament the Messiah was seen as a “Son”, a “Child”. It's paradoxical, isn't it? A child that is also the “Mighty God”? A son that is also a father – not just a father but the “Everlasting Father”? The meaning, however, is that this Child was destined from birth to take up kingship, anointed from the start to be a Saviour. For us it's especially significant that the Son is also the Father, as Jesus said of Himself.
It also teaches us, once again, to look for God in improbable places. Remember, for many years the Messiah was a craftsman working in a small village. He accepted orders from clients, fixed prices, produced items and received payments. Every day consisted of work, family and community life. Just look around you: you’ll find God in the humblest of places, in the simplest of people, even in children! Let’s live with a much clearer awareness of God's presence around us – He is there, for sure!
Heavenly Father, thank you that You're everywhere. Thank you that You’re working everywhere. Help me to recognize You around me, to discern Your work and to add my work to Yours appropriately. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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