“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
Cuba, Vietnam, Granada, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea – these are places in my life time that our country has either been at war with or at least been the threat of war. I am sure there are others that I did not mention but I think that you get the idea.
There is a lack of peace in the world however, that extends beyond the military battlefield. That battlefield is in the home and the work place and even the church where there is unrest and strife and worries and these things rip the peace out of our lives and cause terrible unrest.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world – John 16:33
Peace means much more than the absence of war. Peace paints a picture of harmony and completeness. It is a promise of peace; to make whole and restore. To have Peace or “Shalom” is to have a fulfilled life in every way. It is a state of safety where your life is put at ease by the Lord Jesus Christ – the One that we celebrate at Christmas. The One bringing this peace has the power to carry His plan of peace out.
With “Shalom” peace there is no fear; no worry, but instead a sense of harmony and oneness. Everything is exactly the way it should be. Things are in their proper order. This is “Shalom” – this is the peace that Jesus brings – Our Prince of Peace.
Jesus didn’t come so that we could give gifts on the 25th of Dec. He didn’t come that we could sing “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town”. He came to give us peace with God and He came to give us peace within ourselves. How about you? Have you ever said yes to Him? He stands at the ready offering His peace and wants to be a part of your life. Say YES to Him today. It’s the greatest gift you could ever receive.
Father, help us to discover the peace that came to the world, born in a feeding trough, lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for all the world. WHAT A GIFT! May we receive that gift as we repent and believe. Thank you.
In Jesus Name…Amen
Every day is a gift – that is what Paul Senior said on American Choppers concerning the tragic death of a worker at his son’s bike shop. And yet the 2 men, father and son, still are unable to put their differences aside for one to give comfort and one to receive comfort. All the while arguments about who is right, who is wrong, about money, fame and fortune continue as people all around struggle with life and death. I think of how very petty those arguments are as I watch some dear friends struggle with the question, “Why?” as their 3-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer and the next day in surgery having his kidney removed.
The book of James teaches us in Chapter 4, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone .” GONE! That poor worker could have very well been Paul senior’s son and while this is not to beat anyone up it is to wake us all up!
Life IS a gift, given to us by Almighty God and it is short – no one knows how long but I can promise you this, when your time is up, you will think “It is too short”. Jesus said in the gospel of John, “the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but I have come that you might have life to the full”. LIFE! Not a life that seeks to gratify the flesh with sex, drugs, fame, power and all the things that our society says that you can’t live without – But a life that has meaning, that has a positive effect on eternity. A life of love and compassion and serving the helpless and hopeless; being Jesus with skin on; being light in a dark world.
What child takes a gift and sets it aside and never uses it? Would you ever take the gift of a toy race track and use it for snow skis or who would take the gift of a ball bat and try to mix cake batter with it? The gift of life should never be put up on a shelf but should be used for its intended purpose – a life that honors God in ALL that we do, all that we say, all the we sing, all that we have, all that we love. receive the gift of God and LIVE! (To be Continued)
Father, Help us all to live the life that You have given us as a gift from above for Your glory and honor. Lord let us never take for granted Your love for us and Your generosity. May we please You with all that we do, all that we have. Amen.
Andrea and Joshua (2 of my Children) are a trip. It never fails. Whenever I break out a Little Debbie snack cake, not just any Little Debbie, but the little ones with the chocolate cakes held together by chocolate fudge icing covered by milk chocolate – that’s right, that’s the one. When they hear the sound of that plastic wrap crinkling…they know and they come running! They want a bite of the good stuff that dad has.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. – James 1:17-18 NLT
I like that! “Whatever is good”, “whatever is perfect” comes from the Father! The Father has the good stuff – truth, love and hope. He wants us to have these things in abundance. I always have those Little Debbie in the fridge, they just taste better that way, so the crinkling plastic wrap is always the same – a chocolate covered Little Debbie. The children know what they are going to get – the best that I have to offer. Not much chance of that changing. Not much chance of my children being anything less than my prized possessions either. So we learn from God and about God that in the vastness of time and space, out of all creation, we are important to Him and that He loves us enough to save the good stuff for us – truth, love and hope.
Lord I am thankful that You never withhold from us the good stuff; that everything that is good is given in great abundance. Help me to receive these gifts from You with a glad, thankful heart – Amen