THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
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.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
Mark Twain said, “When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to 21, I was astonished at how much the old man learned in 7 years.” It didn’t take Isaiah that long to realize what a great Father God is.
Isaiah called Jesus “Everlasting Father.” Ray Pritchard wrote, “In the Hebrew the phrase is literally ‘the Father of Eternity.’ He is before, above, and beyond time. He is the possessor of eternity. He is eternally like a father to his people. This is not a statement about the Trinity but about the character of our Lord. All that a good father is, Jesus is to his people. Because he is like a father, he cares for his people. Because he owns eternity, he can give us eternal life.
He is eternal God in the flesh and will always care for me as a father cares for his children.”
For some of us “father” isn’t always the best analogy for a relationship. However, God intended for this to be a good model or resemblance of who He is. Praise God for the good things you learned about Him as a father from your earthly father. Thank God for being perfect in the areas where your earthly father was lacking.