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December 16, 2020

Hope Unending

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Isaiah 9:7 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

In recent days, we looked at this passage but only in connection with the four titles Isaiah said would identify the Messiah—Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But today, I want to focus on this line, “His government and its peace will never end.”


In the Hebrew language (which is the original language of the Old Testament), the word translated “peace” is “shalom.” It is worth some thought and study.


First, it means a lack of conflict. This would be the usage of shalom when two kings would make a treaty of shalom. They would commit to no conflict.


But it goes beyond a lack of conflict. Shalom means wholeness or completeness. So, if two kings committed to shalom, they not only committed to lack of conflict but to the combining of their resources to bring wholeness to each nation.


When Isaiah promised the Messiah would have a government of peace that would not end, he was telling us Jesus would remove the conflict between God and man. But Jesus would also initiate wholeness in our lives. His ruling in our lives would bring wholeness to our brokenness. Wholeness in our relationships. Wholeness in the way we look at ourselves.


Where do you need some shalom today?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, please release in my life greater shalom. Help me to acknowledge the peace that Jesus brings and draw from that well of peace. Help me to find wholeness in Jesus.


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