Day 13

All Nations Shall Find Peace

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan

Micah 4:1-7, Psalm 46:4-11, Zechariah 9:9-10

BY Maria Furlough

Don’t you wish, just once, you could go back to the way you felt on Christmas mornings growing up? When I was little, every Christmas morning was joyously the same. In our house, we would wake up to Raffi Christmas music, belt out NSYNC in the car ride over to Nana’s, and then our entrance music would play: “We Need a Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis. If you’ve never heard it, look it up. It’s quite the jolly song—the melody, anyway. But the message of the lyrics? Well, here are some highlights:

Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.

For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older.

And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,”
Need a little Christmas now.
Need a little Christmas now.

Pretty somber, right? The lyrics confess that life can leave us tired and weary, jaded and depressed. We can become worn down and worn out, and we just “need a little Christmas”—and we need it now.

This sense of urgency for peace has been present in all of human history. Finally, at Christmas, our souls can rejoice in victory.

“Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you…
and he will proclaim peace to the nations” (Zechariah 9:9–10).

At Christmastime, we are not just celebrating the birth of a baby; we’re celebrating the birth of a King! And our King has come to fight for us: “The LORD of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold!” (Psalm 46:11). When these passages were written, Israel was constantly in turmoil. They were either in captivity, on their way to captivity, or just coming out of captivity, and they looked to God to send the one true King to rescue them and finally put an end to their suffering.

In our culture today, at least in this part of the western world, we are not facing potentially fatal risks daily. This is an enormous blessing, but it also makes it so much easier for us to ignore our inner turmoil, to lull ourselves into a contented numbness. But when Christmas time hits each year, it’s like holding up an internal mirror, reminding our souls that we are celebrating more than twinkling lights and gifts to the tune of jolly melodies.

This Christmas, may we embrace the knowledge that we need still need rescuing; every inch of this world needs the lasting peace that only the Prince of Peace can bring. No matter what is going on around us, may we accept the peace of Christ with a childlike faith, and remember Christ’s salvation anew, joyful over God’s flesh-and-blood plan for our eternal redemption and salvation. May our homes and our families hold this verse in high regard all throughout the Christmas season: “Though all the peoples each walk in the name of their gods, we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever” (Micah 4:5).

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  1. slovozzz says:

    “This is not just history that one can read this way or another,” he said, speaking in French. “No. There was justice and there is history with proof and evidence, and there is the life of our nations, of our states. Let us not confuse between these things so we won’t be engulfed once again in those horrific and dismal, dire times.”

  2. Tracie Nall says:

    5For all the peoples walk
    each in the name of its god,
    but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
    forever and ever.

    In my continual quest for inner peace in the midst of this weary world, I am reminded that I don’t walk in the name of its “gods” but in the name of the Lord our God! This is PEACE! Walking with the Prince of Peace!

  3. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Amen. Powerful reading. Lord help us to be filled with Yout promises

  4. K D says:

    May I walk in the name of the Lord for all of my days. Amen and Amen.

  5. Elle says:

    Beautiful! We do indeed “Need A Little Christmas” as many are weary from all this life brings. Please Jesus, fill us up again with the beauty of restoration and redemption as we’re reminded of how you came down to earth to make your dwelling among us so that you could save those which were (and even now are) lost. Praise be to God in the highest heaven!

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