“Holy God. In love became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross He took my sin
By His death I live again.” (1)
“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end.
He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
Within these two verses the word WILL is mentioned eight times. For years I have read these verses of Scripture and it wasn’t until now that I even noticed it. Holy God, Perfect Man, WILLED.
To bear our blame, He WILLED to be for us what we could never be for ourselves. On the cross, He – holy, holy, holy God – WILLED to be given for us. He WILLED to bear our sin so that by His death we’d share eternity with Him.
Great Jehovah! Mighty God! Abba Father WILLED to become a man who would be the Lamb of God. The Living Word, the infallible source of guidance and inexhaustible wisdom was born to die, to triumph over death, hell and the grave.
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave;
I will redeem them from death.
O Death, I will be your plagues!
O Grave, I will be your destruction!” Hosea 13:14
Sisters, may we purpose to pause, ponder and worship the One who, by His divine WILL, came to earth. His WILL in heaven became His WILL on earth. Let’s give to Him the glory, honor and praise due His name. As difficult as it may be to fathom this truth, we can by faith accept the incomprehensible and choose to never grow weary or faint.
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.