Scripture: Isaiah 9:7
Reflection: I don’t know about you, but 2020 has been a year that has tested my sense of peace. As I reflect on God’s promises in the context of Advent, I realize more and more that so many times I look for peace in systems and people instead of basing it on the Truth who is God’s Word, Jesus.
Isaiah reminds us that the child who was born in a manger will bear the government on His shoulders … as King. A King defined by God, not human standards. As Christians, we live under the reign of a King that is not part of our world system, but supersedes and defines our future in the Kingdom of God. It is a peaceable kingdom, that compliments God’s character. A kingdom that is just and righteous. A kingdom that is increasing through the heart and lives of people who trust. A kingdom that will last forever because it will be protected with zeal by a God who keeps promises.
It struck me anew today that we are invited into this Kingdom. As God’s church, we are called to be vessels of justice and righteousness and peace. In a world where those things may be lacking, I pray we live believing that God WILL uphold the Kingdom and that if we live a life of trust, we will have the joy of being part of its’ increase. All around us, people are looking for the peace that we have through Jesus and the promises He fulfilled. During this Advent season, may we be intentional about being a reflection of our peaceable, just and righteous King.
Prayer: God, thank you that you are faithful to fulfill your promises. Thank you for the picture of just and righteous leadership you have given us in Jesus. May we go out and do likewise wherever you have placed us and given us influence. In the confidence of your protection and love we go into a world that needs your peace. Amen.
Author: Lynn Williams, Human Resources Director
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