A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Fourth Sunday of Advent: The One Who is Our Peace
Today's reading: Micah 5:2-5a
John Henry Jowett writes in one of his devotional thoughts, "The Lord loves to go into the unlikely place, and lead forth His saints… 'In the wilderness shall waters break out' (Isaiah 35:6)! To see the future best in the present worst, that is the true perception of a child of light" (My Daily Meditation, July 14).
It is wise to see God as the God of great surprises, pouring out His grace in most unlikely places and in most unlikely people. So, it is that Bethlehem became center stage in the unfolding surprise of God. So very small among the places of Judah, this little town became the birthplace of God into human history. Jesus, the King of kings, also known as, "God with Us" (Matthew 1:23) birthed Himself into His creation, and brought with Him the everlasting love of God.
It was said of Jesus, "This One will be our peace" (v. 5a). In these turbulent times how wonderful it is to know that God's peace is with us. Many of us have a very difficult time embracing the ways of God, so His peace seems so far away. The problem, however, isn't with God; the problem is with our broken and human hearts. We refuse to let God be God and in the refusal, we judge ourselves.
What might we do to be open to this One who is our peace? I know it is a faith matter, and many people just do not believe in Jesus. I get that. Still, I look at our world that is broken in so many ways, and I have to pray and hope and love, and live out His peace in my life. In fact, followers of Jesus ought to be known as the people of peace. Jesus did say, after all,
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27).
We are the Church; Christ bids us show
That in his Church all nations find
Their hearth and home where Christ restores
True peace, true love, to humankind.
- ©1969, 1987 James Quinn, published by OCP Publications Inc.