But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.
He shall be our peace … Jesus, our peace, the loving and kind Shepherd of our souls. God, born baby, completely holy, perfect, and sinless, He would come in the humble, quiet, peaceful night and usher in calm. Calm … isn’t that something we all desire? Calm … the very word makes my heart rate begin to slow, my breathing relax, and my mind quiet. Thank You for calm, Jesus.
But not only peace and calm … this baby would bring security. To those who believe upon His name, He would vow to protect, uphold, and secure. What majestic promises! What assurance! Thank You, Jesus, for coming forth and in Your coming, fulfilling Your Word, the promise of sure and secure salvation.
Security is important to me Lord. Thank You for making me secure in Jesus. Thank You for fulfilling that promise and all of the rest of Your promises. I am grateful for the peace that comes from knowing and trusting You. I am grateful that You shepherd me through times both good and bad. Thank You for always being with me. Help me stay mindful of the reality of Your presence as I walk through this day with a heart of calm and a mind filled with peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Walking in peace with You, Jesus …