Day 2 Advent Devotional – He is Our Peace
Day 2 – He is Our Peace
READ Micah 5.1-5 – Think of the stories that you’ve heard about a shepherd. What comes to mind? Hopefully an image of someone protecting his flock, risking his own life if he needs to. Keeping this in mind, Pray this prayer from Saint Francis (you may recognize it as parts of it are used for several songs we sing) and then I Challenge you focus on a few parts to be an instrument of peace to those around you.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
In this prophecy, through Micah, God is telling us everything is going to be alright. We will live securely and in peace. God can say this because he’s in charge of all future circumstances and he is responsible for all outcomes, therefore, he can guarantee the safety of those who trust in him. He brings comfort by giving us a sure hope.
This hope is based on his greatness. He tells us he will shepherd his people. He will guard, care and direct his people like a shepherd looking after his sheep. Whereas a human shepherd may meet circumstances he can’t control—excessive heat, flood, pests, but God never meets a circumstance that surprises him or one he can’t change. He acts in strength and majesty that is, with power and authority over every situation. This gives us such confidence that we never have to fear the future. Only God is powerful enough to guarantee the security of his people. I can feel safe.
There are plenty of things to feel down about right now, but take a few minutes and TALK about some of the things you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are. Or better yet, put up a sheet of paper somewhere in your house to write things you are thankful for. Keep the list going through December until you can write 100 things your family is thankful for. We have certainly been blessed if we look hard enough.
For your Prayer tonight, look at the prayer above and choose parts of it to pray yourself.