Forever Increasing

Isaiah 9:7:
“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace.”

Observation: The
people of God had been plundered, scattered and defeated; impoverished, left
without hope. But Isaiah prophesied of a time of restoration and deliverance
for them, not just the deliverance of the nation of physical

Israel, but
also looking ahead to when Christ would come to establish His kingdom upon the
earth. It is in that context that Isaiah said, “There will be no end to the
increase of His government or of peace.”

Application: This is one of those verses that is simply
beyond my finite mind’s ability to understand. Imagine a small child quietly
holding a flower close to her face to better examine its minute facets, in awe
of the details, the colors, the fragile construction, yet at the end not
understanding the whole of it any better than at the beginning. So it is with
this verse for me. 

I can certainly imagine the Lord Jesus Christ establishing
His government. After all, He is all-powerful, able to defeat every foe, and
well able to manage all the details required to finally reign and rule. I can
even imagine Him doing this for a very long time, perhaps even through
eternity. In much the same way, utter, complete, perfect peace can be
envisioned. After all, don’t I experience moments of great peacefulness even
now when conditions are just right? And don’t I long for such moments to
continue forever? Yes, I suppose He is a Lord mighty enough to cause such peace
to be our eternal condition.  

But this simple verse promises far more than just a
government that lasts forever or peace that knows no end. Rather, this verse describes a perfect government and peace that
will keep increasing forever.
There will be no end to the increase
of these things! If that concept isn’t absolutely mind-bending, then we weren’t
paying attention! Our new life, His life in us, as wonderful as it is and will
be is just the beginning of the beginning. It never stops, and it never stops
increasing!  Infinitely expanding. 

That’s the journey He has us on. He doesn’t just promise a
wonderful destination which, once arrived at, we can take off our coat and hat
and settle back into a heavenly recliner, as pleasant as that might be. No! He
has far more than that to show us, infinitely, every-increasingly more. Simply
amazing.

Prayer: O Lord, thank You for even the faintest glimpses You
give of Your majesty, Your power, Your glory. No wonder Isaiah fell on his face
when he saw You. Help me today, Lord, to pause long enough, to be still enough,
to better understand all that You have in store for me. I am in awe of You,
Lord.

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