He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. Micah 5:4-5 NIV
How many of you have ever traveled to the town of Olivet? I’m sure it has been placed on your list of vacation hot spots. Actually, Olivet, South Dakota is the county seat of Hutchinson County and is a small farming community about 60 miles west of Sioux Falls. It is the town where my father was born and raised. Because my relatives dwelled and worked in this community - population 74 - this was our Summer vacation spot. For my family it is our home and the place of our heritage.
Thinking of small towns and birthplaces, Jesus, the Christ, was born in the tiny, insignificant town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem means "House of Bread" and it had been prophesied by Micah some 700 years earlier that our Jesus would be born in this small town. “But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.” Micah 5:1-2
Can you believe the town where Jesus was to be born was known hundreds of years earlier? And accordingly, Jesus would be our shepherd, strong in the LORD, majestic, great and our peace.
Jesus will be our peace!!!
Jesus came to bring me calmness, quietness, and restfulness among the clamor and disturbance of the world and in my life. Even my own mind at times is chaotic and is swimming with activity. I cannot seem to quiet the racing thoughts and abide in peace. But when I choose to abide in Him, his peace rolls over me like a flood and my mind rests. I experience Jesus. I experience . . . peace.
Therefore, join with me in singing the second stanza of a traditional Christmas hymn, O Little Town of Bethlehem.
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Jesus, child of Bethlehem, You are my peace. I want to relish in your peace this advent season. Help me to dwell in you every day and be aware of the peace you can only bring. Amen.
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