This passage brings back themes from day 34 (everlasting kingdom), day 33 (justice and righteousness), and day 31 (David’s kingdom) and mixes them all together in a very well-known prophecy about Jesus.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Since we’ve already talked about David and the Israelites, and about His kingdom being everlasting, and about justice and righteousness, I think I’ll contemplate zeal today. Other translations say “passionate commitment” and “intense devotion.”
Remember the verse from day two? Your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom? Well, we’ve not necessarily made it easy for him. It took some intense devotion to us to keep us in his kingdom! It took zeal for the Lord to accomplish all this.
Take a moment to thank God for all this and then write your kingdom statement. Don’t forget to replace every worry thought with your statement today!
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.