I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday. My hope and my prayer is that these scriptures each week will bless your heart and encourage your soul.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Welcome to the Christmas Season! The fifth season of the year. I felt led to look closer at this verse in Isaiah chapter 9 through the month of December. There are five names of God found in this passage and I’d like us to examine each one.
The everlasting Father
When I first thought of the word, everlasting, I thought it meant “lasting forever.” And it part it does, but it means so much more than that. There is a reason this verse says, The everlasting Father, and not the eternal father.
According to the Strong’s concordance, this word, everlasting, means: eternity, ever(-lasting, -more), old, perpetually, world without end.
- ancient (of past time)
- for ever (of future time)
- of continuous existence
- for ever (of God’s existence)
Everlasting means from eternity past to eternity future. It means continuous. It means without end or beginning. He is the everlasting father. He always has and always will be.
Father? It means exactly what you think it means. He is Father.
It makes me think of Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6.
Rom 8:15- For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:6- And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his on into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Just like a little child’s first word is (usually) Da da, as a child of The everlasting Father, we can cry to him and he will freely give us all things.
Comfort. Peace. Protection. Provision. Purpose. Healing. Instruction. Reproof. Correction. Patience. Support.
I love the song, Holding Father’s Hand. The chorus goes like this:
“I’m holding father’s hand. I’m holding father’s hand. I’m leaning on his mighty arm and learning how to stand. He helps me take each little step as only father can. I’ll walk into the future just holding father’s hand.”
Remember to hold your Father’s hand.
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie