According to James Boice (see first post in the series), if you asked people to honestly describe their needs, they might describe one as: “We…have wills, and because we have wills, we want to achieve something. We want our lives to make a difference. To do that we need power.” This is a second need of us all, according to James Boice. In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus, the Christ of Christmas, is described as our Mighty God, who Boice says “will empower us for life’s tasks” – those tasks He points us to in His wisdom.
The word Mighty probably calls to mind miraculous events, military victory, or superhero-like powers. But ultimately, His greatest objectives for us – to love Him and to love our neighbor – are what He uses His might to accomplish. When our Wonderful Counselor (see last post in series) gives wisdom to make a choice in life, He actually wants us to act on that choice because He knows how it will turn out – for our ultimate good – but what if we don’t agree with the choice, or don’t have the willpower to make it?
God, unlike Lucy in the Peanuts comics, will not tell us to kick the football, then pull it away at the last second, leaving us on our back. To those who trust Him, He will provide the ability to make a loving difference in the world. As Mighty God, He puts His own resources and power behind His recommended wisdom to produce the desired effect of loving, godly living.
Put another way: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,” as written in 2 Peter 1:3. He does not empower us to do just anything, or to do whatever we decide; He will empower us to “life and godliness.” In wisdom, He knows this is what is ultimately worthwhile, and His power creates a new desire and a new influence in us, molding our wills that want to make a difference but may not know how. His power also works in others to provide what we need, or works to put in our path someone who needs us.
The gift of Jesus as Mighty God meets one of our deepest needs:
“To achieve something worthwhile! Jesus is the Mighty God who enables us to do that. We accomplish worthwhile things through his power.” (Boice)
Do you want to achieve worthwhile things this Christmas and in 2023? Our Mighty God wants to enable us to love Him and love others. Seek the wisdom of Christ and become empowered by Him to love as you have never loved before.
This is the second gift of Christ in Christmas.
The next post in the series is here.
 From “May 10.” James Montgomery Boice and Marion Clark. Come to the Waters: Daily Bible Devotions for Spiritual Refreshment. (2017).