June 02, 2012

The Source of Peace

Isaiah 9:2-7

He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
—Isaiah 9:6


As I write these words, the streets of a Middle Eastern city are filled with protesters. They are raising their voices for justice against a dictator who has held power for decades by oppression and corruption. The government’s forces have attacked the crowds; dozens have died, and hundreds are wounded. Would a change in regime bring any more peace and freedom? It’s not a sure thing at all.

In the midst of the parade of nations whose power-hungry rulers have exploited their people for selfish gain, God promises a new kind of ruler for his people. He not only knows how to rule in peace; he is the very source of peace. He brings true peace because he is beyond sin and selfishness. His prophetic names clearly portray that he is God as well as man! If King David was “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), this king—Jesus Christ, a descendant of David—will bring God’s heart of perfect love to those in his kingdom.

In this world, people will suffer under foolish and selfish rulers. Revolts and riots resulting in wars will inevitably follow. If we are to find peace and security in this troubled world, we must become citizens of Christ’s kingdom. He is always willing to take us in.

Have you accepted him as your Lord and Ruler?

Precious Lord, thank you that your kingdom is not of this world. I want to live with you where righteousness and justice reign. I trust in you for my security now and forever. Amen.

About the author — David Zandstra

David Zandstra is a retired pastor living in Marietta, Georgia, having served five churches from New Jersey to California. Along with other ministries, he counsels clients of a pregnancy resource center. He acknowledges his indebtedness to the training and resources of Peacemaker Ministries. David and his wife, Margie, have three children and six grandchildren.

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