Words from the Heart for Monday July 29th, 2019
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.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
A Child Born
One in five millennials are actively delaying having children because they feel they can’t afford a family, according to a new survey by accounting and advisory services firm BDO Canada. In a country where the average non-mortgage debt load is $20,000, young adults are the most likely to say they are “overwhelmed” by their liabilities, with 34 per cent of millennials saying so, compared to 26 per cent of Generation Xers and 13 per cent of Boomers. Over a third of Canadians with children said they felt crushed by their personal debt.
There are parts of the book of Isaiah that so profoundly about Jesus you would think they should be in the New Testament and not in the Hebrew Scriptures. Seven centuries before Jesus was born in a Bethlehem manger, the prophet Isaiah had a unique insight into the coming of Jesus to our world. He writes in Isaiah 9:6: “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.” I love the fact that Isaiah writes this in the present tense. It was as if he had been transported to the first Christmas, right into the cave where Jesus was born. This baby would rule and reign over His kingdom and over the hearts of all who would call Him Lord and receive Him by faith as Saviour and Lord. What a blessing to know that God had Jesus’ arrival so perfectly planned. And He has our lives planned just as beautifully, including knowing the very day that He would be born in our hearts and lives.
These have been words from the heart.