December 23, 2014

Today you should read: Isaiah 32

“Nearly 1,600 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.” ~ World Vision USA

It is heart breaking to know how many in the world do not have something as simple as water. If water is not the problem, many countries are ravaged by poverty or war. Many in our own country are struggling with loss due to gangs or terrorist attacks. Because of sin entering into our world (Genesis 3) death and destruction has ruined what was meant to be a perfect and peaceful world.
Today’s passage points us to what is to come. The Messianic King is to come and set everything right. He will be the protector and provider of those who seek him (v.2-3). He will set things right and the things of this world that are seen as noble and good will be seen as foolish (v.5-7). Nobility will be redefined and those who bow to the king will stand in nobility (v.8).
This passage gives us great hope because we live in a world without hope. We are in a season where we sing “Joy to the World and Peace on Earth” but this world will not provide the peace. This season reminds us that the one who brings true peace was born in a manger and His name was Jesus. He is the Messianic King that Isaiah speaks of and he provided true peace for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18). One day He will return and set up His kingdom, making the words of our passage today a reality (2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 19:11-21).
So I urge you today with the warning to the “complacent woman” to rise up! Peter says it well in chapter 3 of his second letter,

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells…..
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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