Day 354: He Shall Be Our Peace (Micah 4-5; Revelation 11)

“And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; And they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth; and this One shall be peace.” -Micah 5:4-5

This chapter provides one of the clearest Old Testament prophecies of Christ’s coming, and the key description is “and this One shall be peace.”

This time of year, we hear that a lot: peace on earth. It’s a buzz word that appears everywhere, but do we actually live out this peace?

I recently found this quote and I love it:

“Worry is belief gone wrong. Because you don’t believe that God will get it right. But peace – peace is belief that exhales. Because you believe that God’s provision is everywhere – like air….we could be someone else’s peace – someone else’s God-given provision.” -Unknown

Be peace this season. When crowded lines in stores leave people pushing, shoving, and cutting in line…be peace. When family drama threatens to erupt at Christmas dinner, keep the peace. Be the person who is calm in the midst of chaos, whose faith is deeply rooted when doubt overflows.

The only way you can be that peace is if you are abide in Christ. Because He is peace and He fills His children with peace. Not just at Christmas time, but all year round.

 

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Day 353: People Are Watching (Micah 1-3; Revelation 10)

Too often we forget that as the light of the world, people watch our actions. We may think we’re no one special  – that no one cares how we live unless we’re famous or in a position of leadership. But people do notice.

When you say you’re a Christian, but you’re known to cut corners at work or cheat in school; or when you curse, lie, speak badly about others behind their back or a dozen other things that even the world knows believers shouldn’t do…people notice. Classmates, co-workers, family members who aren’t believers and even those who are believers – they notice.

In Micah 1:13, God points out that the city of Lachish was the beginning of sin. The people there started to live in sin and corruption, and their influence spread beyond their city walls into the rest of the region.

So, when people look at us as Christians and see us sin intentionally and repeatedly, they with time may begin to think that if we’re doing it and we’re fine, then it must be okay.

We are all sinners. And we all know that the only example we should look up to is Jesus. After all, it can be dangerous to build up humans who make mistakes as our spiritual leaders. But we all do it – in the bloggers, Christian authors, pastors, or Instagram accounts we follow. And in turn, people may do it to us too.

So, be mindful of how you live. If you know doing x, y, or z will cause a spiritually younger Christian to stumble or take offense, then refrain (or at least don’t do it in their presence or brag about it on social media). Don’t be patient zero for sin in your family, friend group, school or church. If you’re going to be the light, take the responsibility seriously.