Isaiah 26:7-15 (ESV)
The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the LORD. O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them. O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works. O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance. They are dead, they will not live; they are shades, they will not arise; to that end you have visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them. But you have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.
As we await the celebraton of the coming of Christ at Christmas, we look at the Scriptures that predict His original arrival in Israel. This passage speaks of the Peace that the Lord will provide it speaks of the Nation Israel and the protection and blessing that they enjoy because of God. May the Lord of peace and mercy bring us all peace and mercy, keep our enemies at bay, and dwell in His Temple, our hearts.
A fun thing to do as we approach Christmas is to drive around town and see all the decorations that people have put up. Some, however, have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas in any way, except the general season of celebration. I drove past a house yesterday that had an inflated dinosaur with a Santa hat and some other decorations in the yard, but nothing really about Christmas. It actually makes me sad that people are missing the point of Christmas.
Back in the Army many years ago, one chaplain that I worked with, would save his Christmas tree so he could re-use the tree to make a cross for Good Friday with it. His point was that Christmas without Good Friday would mean nothing. If Jesus were to come to earth, but not ransom us from our sins, then His coming would be pointless.
So remember that Jesus came to live on earth so that He could show us the way to live, but also to pay the debt that we owed. Spend some time in gratitude and reflection. Make the path straight for the coming of the Lord.
by Virgil Stripes