Present and a future peace

Isaiah 9:1-7 (NASB) But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. 3 You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; they will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian. 5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

 

Isaiah saw a great peace even though Israel was in captivity. Isaiah saw a great victory even though they were presently oppressed. Isaiah saw a child being born that would change the face of the world. There will be a child born that will not only minister to the hearts of man and bring them into a great light but He will break every burden and bring a present as well as a future peace. This kingdom resonates as a present and a future kingdom. Paul tells us in Romans 5 that we have peace with God because we have placed our faith in Christ Jesus. This is a present peace. There is no devil in hell or situation in life that can break that glorious peace as we walk with the Lord. I saw a bumper stick once that read “No Jesus, No peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace”. Then there is a future hope that is found in Christ Jesus. Paul tells us to comfort one another with the encouragement that one day we will ever be with the Lord in His everlasting kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Present peace is within our grasp if we walk with Christ Jesus. Do you know peace? I am talking about a peace even while walking through storms. It is the peace that knows that our heavenly Father knows, understands, and is working out His perfect plan in our lives. Do you know peace? If you do not know peace then please come to know Jesus as your Savior and you will find rest for your soul. If you know Jesus then rest in His presence that God is working to glorify His wonderful name.

 

His servant,

Marcus Riggs

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