Sunday, November 26, 2006

What the World Needs Now --Peace

As I read the newspapers, watch television and listen to the radio my heart is continually being broken by the wars, rumors of wars and genocide that seem to growing expotentially as each day passes by. I pray daily for them to stop, and my prayers seem to bounce back to me unanswered. If there has even been a time that we need a Prince of Peace it is now.

I am sure these were much the same prayers that were prayed by the people of Israel during the days of the prophet Isaiah. His words came as an answer to their prayers.

4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,£ Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

But the answer did not come in Isaiah's day. 400 plus years later the people of Israel were again praying for peace, and for a release from their oppressors. This time the prayer was answered, but not in the way that most of them had planned. The Prince of Peace for which they prayed and of which Isaiah wrote, came not as a mighty general ready to defeat Rome, but as baby, born in small village. And yet, He was and is that Prince of Peace, bringing a peace that surpasses the end of war and hostility. He did not bring peace between men, but peace between men and God, without which there can never be peace of earth.

We enter the time of the year in which we celebrate the first advent of our Lord, and long for His second advent, my prayer is still for our Prince of Peace to establish His kingdom, but I know that will never happen in its fullness until He comes again, and until then it rests with us, His followers, to work for peace, by sharing the peace that we have received as we have placed our faith and trust in Him. His peace is our peace and ours to share with which we come in contact.

As we enter this glorious time of the year, often filled with more hassle than peace, we must seek to be those who bring peace to the world. The question is: "How can we do that?"

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