Peace and Government?

Today I’m starting 4 Christmas themed blog posts.  Some will have Christmas scriptures, others will tie into Christmas themes, and some will do both.  Today’s verse is Isaiah 9:6 which reads “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

As I was reading this in preparation for my weekly devotional, it caught my attention how out of place, yet wonderful the title of “Prince of Peace” is in this verse.  This verse talks about a child coming into the world, one who will lead governments, give wise counsel, be a mighty God and forever Father, and then it ends with Him being the Prince of Peace.  Peace isn’t something we typically associate with government, politics or power, yet this verse puts them all together.

Yet, peace is perhaps one of the most important and comforting aspects of this verse.  Isaiah 9:7, the next verse begins “His government and its peace will never end.”  Here Isaiah clearly links Jesus’ kingdom as a peaceful one, not as one who rules and spreads peace when possible.

What can we learn from this verse?  Simply that peace isn’t to be an afterthought in our lives but a priority, that peace goes hand-in-hand with every aspect of our lives, and should be incorporated in and free flowing from our lives every day.

Share some peace with those around you this holiday season, and don’t forget to thank the Prince of Peace for coming to earth.  Share your thoughts below.

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