The Bible’s message to a troubled world also speaks to ours. Its message will speak to yours also. Read it and listen in your heart with holy awe. Remember that God’s Word is inspired (God breathed). Take in His Word, His breath into your soul. As you do, allow His peace to reign in your life. Worship is not about how we feel, or else we would worship our feelings. Worship is listening, believing and living upon what God has said. Christmas means Jesus came and is coming again!
The President’s speech last night contained a number of thoughts I agree wholeheartedly with. It was much less that inspiring however. Listening to the President last night, my thoughts turned to those prophets. The hope of those listening to them is the same as ours. The results the same to all who will listen. Inspiration, hope, joy, faith and love. Jesus is coming. Good news for shepherds and kings (astrologers) from afar, good news for us.
There is such eagerness in my soul for his return as I reflect upon Micah 4:1-4. The tumult of our contemporary world with its wars, division, disasters and hate is coming to an end. Christmas reminds that the Prince of Peace will come. Nations will be gathered to Him to seek His wisdom, counsel and mediation. Tools of destruction will be turned into tools of planting and harvest.
But when all is said and done,
God’s Temple on the mountain,
Firmly fixed, will dominate all mountains,
towering above surrounding hills.
People will stream to it
and many nations set out for it,
Saying, “Come, let’s climb God’s mountain.
Let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God.
He will teach us how to live.
We’ll know how to live God’s way.”
True teaching will issue from Zion,
God’s revelation from Jerusalem.
He’ll establish justice in the rabble of nations
and settle disputes in faraway places.
They’ll trade in their swords for shovels,
their spears for rakes and hoes.
Nations will quit fighting each other,
quit learning how to kill one another.
Each man will sit under his own shade tree,
each woman in safety will tend her own garden.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so,
and he means what he says. (Micah 4:1-4, Message)
For my entire life, I’ve lived with the expectation of return of Christ. As I gaze upon the manger scene and the angel atop our tree I’m comforted in our days of tumult that the baby born the Prince of Peace will return as the King of Kings!