Jan. 17, 2022

Monday Meditations

Thoughts On Isaiah 9.
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of PEACE. Of THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE WILL BE NO END, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
I question a certain popular Evangelical spokesperson's "prophecy" that "peace has been taken from the earth." If that is so, then the Omnipresent One is no longer omnipresent, along with all His characteristics. It is useful to think about and to discern what even well intentioned people are putting out there. I think this person has the best of intentions, but sometimes in zeal his mouth may get ahead of his intentions.
Peace cannot be taken from the beloved of the Beloved, nor is it removed! If God is omnipresent, so is His peace. All God's "traits" are with Him. Therefore, if He is present everywhere, so are they. It may be imperceptible due to the spiritual state of many, but, as Scripture is clear - nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
If He Who is love is here, then so is His peace. There are very extreme situations and turmoil and threat in these days, yes, but they do not have the power to remove God's peace from the earth or from those who know and love Him. What has happened is that men have moved away from God and consequently His peace, by the most flagrant rebellion, and separated themselves from their Creator Who presides over all that is. They have separated from Him in heart, in spirit, and by choices of the body.
They refuse His peace. Some refuse it through out and out sinful rebellion and a refusal to repent and turn to Him. Others allow fear to overtake them, so they give in to it and compromise their souls.
But His peace is always here and now, whether or not one is comprehending it or apprehending it by drawing near to God and seeking Him. If anyone left, it's probably the human element!
(See Romans 8 and its promises.)
There is a glorious dawn that arises after this dark night. Let's look also to that, and to the peace that passes all understanding - through the Spirit of Christ and His Word, which are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
"...Weeping may stay the night, but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5. And when joy arrives, she will bring peace with her. The night has the peculiar quality of readying the soul to perceive and to receive peace and joy, which are the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
There is a purpose to everything that is happening. "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 2 Corinthians 4:17.
A response "in spite of" the darkness: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and THE GOD OF PEACE will be with you." Philippians 4:4-8.

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