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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84 thoughts on "All Nations Shall Find Peace"

  1. Anna says:

    Praying for you Clerissa xx

  2. Katie Cotten says:

    No time for being afraid. God Is In Control. Let Him be.

  3. Katie Cotten says:

    In this climate we’re in these days, this is more true than ever… Help me to be BOLD in your TRUTH, Lord. This is no time for staying silent. No time for

  4. Linda H says:

    I am so sorry for you having to go through the emotions that the breakup has brought. Christ is our only Hope and I would encourage you to seek a church that is warm and accepting and where you feel loved. Stay in God’s Word. I’m sure there’s a lady who would love to help you grow. Praying for you Clerissa.

  5. Ashley T. says:

    Praying for you to have peace and joy through this season, Clerissa!

  6. Hunter Collins says:

    Yes we need a lot of Christmas, not just a little!!

  7. Clerissa Priscilla says:

    I’m longing for a Christian community that I can confide in. Just broke up with my 2-years boyfriend and I’m unstable as a whole.
    Would appreciate your prayers.. thank you.

    1. Kara Daniel says:

      Praying for you. ❤️

    2. Victoria V says:

      Praying for you to know that you can lean into God when you feel alone and ask Him to help you take the next step whenever you feel down.

  8. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love this reminder today that we still need rescuing. I live a fairly comfortable, low drama life. The danger in this type of life is that I can forget just how much I need a savior and that I’m not in control. I pray that as I celebrate this Christmas season? I would remember just how much I still need a savior.

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