Scripture: Isaiah 52:7, Haggai 2:6,7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise. Spend a day with a stay at home mom; where peace is merely a “time out” between battles. It does not mean the absence of trouble. Pass the night shift with a Police Officer, Firefighter, or Paramedic to learn indeed; tomorrow has enough trouble of its own. It does not mean there will be no hard work. Spend a day with a teacher, a farmer, your Pastor; and, see firsthand the trials of harvesting seeds sown.
What certain truth is claimed by those that serve with calm hearts, during these most turbulent times? That even on the darkest days, the sun still shines clear and bright: it is merely hidden behind the clouds!
The bustle of the season is a busy cloud of “to-do’s” that can blind us to the birth of the Prince of Peace. Nothing would make Old Scratch more joyous than to see God’s people, in the midst of celebrating Peace Made Flesh, giving way to hurt feelings, impatience, anger, worry and doubt. The essence of Peace is this: let it nourish your soul, and the soul of others. It multiplies through interaction.
Whether there is sunlight, or shadows, Peace will come when there is no cloud between us and God. Do not let the enemy scale your tranquil mountain and toss your joy down into the valley. Let Peace be that soft place which breaks the falling joy.