Was...Is...Is To Come
One of the most familiar passages of the Old Testament is found in Isaiah 9:6-7: “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 increase 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.” What most people overlook in this passage is the context of those rich prophetic words. In Isaiah 7-8, we read about hard circumstances. God’s people were pushed to the limit. They felt hopeless amidst enemies that were seeking to destroy them. In the overwhelming darkness, a bright light appears. It’s the light of Jesus. It’s the light that gives us hope. It’s the light that makes order out of chaos, hope out of despair. Just as God’s people in the past discovered the One who was, and is, and is to come, we can live with that same confidence. God, in His divine sovereignty, has placed you on earth at this time for a reason. Your life has purpose and meaning. You are not an accident. When we follow Him, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Our hardest moments now make sense, and a bright future shines ahead of us. This confidence is totally based on the foundation of the One who was…and is… and is to come! Embrace it! Live it! Share it!