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
Prince of Peace.
Whatever you may face this holiday season, or anytime, remember:
He is Wonderful Counselor. You can go to him anytime with anything and He is ready and willing to help you through any difficulty you may endure. If you know that you will encounter family drama, personal hurt, broken relationships, or grief this week, make the time- before you see anyone else- to talk to Him about your pain. Let Him fill you with His grace and mercy as you receive His wise counsel over the situation and enter in confidence in His love.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11
He is Mighty God. He is mighty to save. Any person. Any situation. Broken hearts, broken relationships, broken situations, all can be healed in Him. He may not heal in the time frame we have in mind or in the method that we prefer, but we can rest in trust that He is at work as we continually go to Him. Go to Him.
Do not say, 'I will repay evil'; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Psalm 20:22
He is Everlasting Father. He is the good Father- authority, security, comfort, support- that our hearts desire. What He puts into motion, will reach full maturity under His authority. We can rest secure that He does not grow weary. As our Creator, He understands us more deeply than we understand ourselves.
Have you not known? Have you not heart? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28
He is Prince of Peace. In the midst of chaos, peace can be found! Don’t just go to Him and throw all of your problems on Him and then walk away (but please go to Him and throw all of your problems on Him). Sit with Him. Listen to His Word (the Bible). Let Him speak peace into your storm.
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
Be still and know that I am God... Psalm 46:10
So whether you anticipate a difficult time this holiday season, or you are finding yourself in the middle of the mess, please excuse yourself to be alone for a few minutes to meet with your Wonderful Counselor. Allow Mighty God save you as you entrust yourself to your Everlasting Father and find rest in the Prince of Peace. It's what He came to do. Glory to God!
Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! Luke 2:14