December 3: Mighty God, The Christ of Christmas

Read Isaiah 40:1-31

“And He will be called . . . Mighty God . . .” (Is. 9:6).

For those of you who don’t know me, let me describe my build. I am tall and thin. Although I exercise regularly, my workouts only consist of running and biking. Neither  weight-training nor any kind of upper body exercise is part of my routine. And it shows. “Buff” or “chiseled” or “strong” are not words people use to describe me. For a while, though, I owned a t-shirt that said “Big Dog XXL.” I felt cool, even stronger, when I wore it. But it wasn’t like Superman’s cape. I couldn’t do anything more with that shirt on than when I wore my button-down dress shirt.

Compared to others, I am a proverbial 90-pound (okay, quite a bit more than that) weakling! Actually, according to Isaiah 40, all of us are.

As inhabitants of the earth, we are like grasshoppers before God. Our lives are like the grass that withers and fades, while He and His Word are eternal. Not one of us has the understanding He possesses. None of us serve as His counselor. Even collectively as nations, our potential is like a drop compared to His bucket. His wisdom and might exponentially exceed mine . . . and yours.

But His power and strength are not things He uses for His own impulsive enjoyment. He exercises His incomparable strength justly and righteously for His own glory and for the ultimate good of man. Jesus . . . this Mighty God in the flesh . . . cast out demons, stilled, storms, healed the lame, and gave sight to the blind. He uses His might to bless others.

That same mighty power is available to us today. Even though I grow tired and weary even when you stumble and fall, Jesus the Mighty God wearing the “Big Dog XXL” shirt, comes to our aid offering us strength.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” so that  “they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (vv. 29, 31b).


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