DAY 15 - DECEMBER 10TH, 2018

An “Accelerating” Kingdom

Peggy Connett

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.
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 this.
— Isaiah 9:6-7

When I read Isaiah 9:6 the music of Handel’s Messiah runs through my head with no prompting. If this wonderful music hasn’t yet been part of your life experience, please take four minutes to listen to “For Unto Us a Child is Born”: 

Take about five to seven more minutes to dwell on the terms Isaiah used that are applied to the Child/Son:

Jesus is Wonderful. 

Jesus is our Counselor. 

Jesus is the Mighty God. 

Jesus is the Everlasting Father. 

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. 

Think about other Bible verses that point to these attributes. Think of life examples of how these attributes have touched your life. “Thank you, Jesus, for touching my life and my family’s lives in so many ways!”

Isaiah 9: 7 starts this way: “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” “His government” refers to His rule and dominion—His Kingdom. 

When you are driving at a constant speed you sit comfortably in your car, but when you are accelerating your body feels pushed back into your seat. If you were on a roller coaster or flying in a jet that was accelerating to Mach 1, you would feel that “pressing” even more. In the first case, constant speed, you look at the speedometer, and it says you are going 60 mph. A minute later you are still going 60 mph. But in the second case, acceleration, you start with the speedometer showing 0 mph, and then a few seconds later you have increased to 30 mph, and a few seconds more you’re up to 60 mph.

Isaiah doesn’t say that God’s government and peace will never end. He specifically says that the increase of His government and peace will never end. When you think about “constant speed” or “acceleration,” which one seems to be described in this verse? We live in exciting times!

Peter, Andrew, James, and John lived “constant-speed” lives as fishermen, but they experienced acceleration when they said “yes” to Jesus. They did things in their new lives they couldn’t have imagined before. It can be the same for us.

Isaiah says, “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” We must be willing for the Lord’s increase to be evident in our lives, but thankfully, He will do the heavy lifting.

Lord, show me what it means for me to expect Your government and peace to increase in and through me. Help me not to put limits on what You can do through my life. Let me experience this acceleration. May my zeal for You increase, and may Your zeal in and through me increase to touch those around me. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth (and in me) as it is in Heaven.

Question to Consider:

How can you remove self-imposed “speed limits” so that you can fully experience the acceleration of the Lord’s increase in your life?

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018