Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7 (NIV)
Dear Lord Jesus, your righteousness is our surety and your sovereignty is our sanity. Hallelujah,many times over. How could we have possibly imagined that your humble Advent entrance through a stable would lead to the stable-ization of the universe, and that your cradle would eventually rock our peace-less world?
Truly, there’s only one government and one peace sufficient to meet the needs of our sinful hearts and broken world. You are already installed as “the ruler of kings on earth” (Rev. 1:5) and ofeverything else. King David’s throne has become a throne of grace, from which you are actively ruling the world with your truth and grace. Joy to the world, indeed!
Indeed, you are zealously working all things together after the counsel of your will. You—the Lamb of God, the Lord of Lords, and the Lamp of the New Jerusalem—are working in all things, for your glory and for our good. No one and nothing can derail, deter, or distract you from bringing to completion your good work of redemption and restoration.
You don’t promise to do all things easy, but you always doing all things well. Forgive me when I get impatient with your timing, don’t enjoy all your providences, and second-guess your involvement. I’ve lived long enough to know you do some of your “best work” when I am actually feeling the absence of your presence.
As the gospel of your kingdom continues its transforming work in my life, may it advance throughmy life. Give me more joy than I’ve ever had before in loving and serving people. Intensify my hope in the Day you will return and finish making all things new. So very Amen I pray, in your mighty and merciful name.