Welcome to my goofy attempts to have Advent devotionals with my busy college students who now live in 3 different cities.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. . . and his name shall be called. . . Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6
Peace is something that seems elusive to most of us in the modern world. After all, we can hardly escape the constant barrage of information, and most of us are now so accustomed to the incessant yammering of the media that we don’t even pay attention.
Another scandal involving high-ranking officials? Of course.
Government corruption exposed yet no one serves jail time. Naturally.
We’ve come to expect chaos, even embrace it. But the expectation comes at a cost. The US consistently ranks #1 or #2 for anxiety, depression, and substance abuse despite being the most affluent nation in the world. Money, it seems, does not buy us peace.
Sadly, as a nation we’ve rejected the Prince of Peace. Fewer Americans each year identify as Christian and of those who do, even fewer actually read the Bible or follow the teachings of the Christ they claim to serve. A 2019 Lifeway research study found evangelicals are far more likely to use social media daily than read their Bibles.
Yet in chapter 26, Isaiah writes, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4).
We lack peace because we no longer truly trust in the Prince of Peace. But we can choose to change this. Will you?