2020 Advent Devotional: He Will Be Our Peace

 

In the book of Micah, the eponymous prophet charges Israel and Judah for these nations’ injustice toward the vulnerable—unjust business dealings, robbery, mistreatment of women and children, and a government that lived in luxury off the hard work of its nation’s people. 

“Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully. Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.” Micah 6:11-13

While the book of Micah was written many centuries ago, the groaning of societal injustice still resounds today. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor accentuated the racial injustices institutionalized within our systems. The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects vulnerable communities both from a health and socioeconomic perspective all over the world. The intensifying wildfires in Australia and the U.S. west coast are among the worrying symptoms of our failure to steward creation well. In our exhaustion and yearning for peace, like Micah, we turn toward God’s good promise of reconciliation and shalom.

“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 our peace” Micah 5:4-5a

Amidst the rich lamentation of injustice and corrupt leaders of his time, Micah points us toward Christ as the fulfillment of God’s promise of reconciliation. While false prophets define peace as personal comfort and materialistic prosperity, the prophet Micah anticipates a peace that ends all conflict. Christ’s shalom restores those marginalized and makes them God’s remnant, it brings healing to broken relationships and communities. 

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations… Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:14-19

Join us this advent as we lament the injustices of our times and look forward to the coming of the Prince of Peace. Sign up for our e-devotionals to be sent to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in December until Christmas. Together, may we yearn for and work for the reconciliation and shalom God promises to us through the coming of Jesus.

 

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Archives

2019 - How Long, Lord? 

12/02/2019 - Advent | Call Me Bitter

12/04/2019 - Advent | How Long . . . Must People Suffer? . . . Will God Be Silent?

12/06/2019 - Advent | Making Injustice about Me

12/09/2019 - Advent | I Am: Who Does God Say He Is?

12/11/2019 - Advent | Knowing Him by Name: I Am

12/13/2019 - Advent | I AM Willing

12/16/2019 - Advent | Waiting in the Time Between

12/18/2019 - Advent | Waiting with Hope in the Lord, Even in Death

12/20/2019 - Advent | Patience for the Kingdom

12/23/2019 - Advent | A Light in the Darkness

12/24/2019 - Advent | Hope in the Unseen Places

12/25/2019 - Advent | In the Suffering - God With Us

 

2018 - Holy Impatience 

12/03/2018 - Advent | Imagining Hope

12/05/2018 - Advent | Waiting for the Hand of God

12/07/2018 - Advent | Not Pity but Love and Anger

12/10/2018 - Advent | Who Exactly Is God With?

12/12/2018 - Advent | A Holy, Impatient Pranayama

12/14/2018 - Advent | ‘The Poor Will Always Be with You.’ Worship or Justice?

12/17/2018 - Advent | Tethered to God’s Faithfulness

12/19/2018 - Advent | Looking Impatience in the Face

12/21/2018 - Advent | Hoping, Groaning, and Laboring for Peace and Justice

12/24/2018 - Advent | Holy Impatience, Holy Incarnation

 

2017 - Immanuel, Incarnate

12/04/2017 - Advent | Upside-Down Promises

12/06/2017 - Advent | Holy and Here

12/08/2017 - Advent | Pay Attention. Fasten Your Seatbelt.

12/11/2017 - Advent | Immanuel to Read Us!

12/13/2017 - Advent | The Word Became Flesh: An Advent Journey Toward True Self

12/15/2017 - Advent | In Relationships, Humility Instead of Helping

12/18/2017 - Advent | Dressed with the Armour of God

12/20/2017 - Advent | Incarnate Gifts

12/22/2017 - Advent | Immanuel—God’s Presence in People in a Time of Need

12/25/2017 - Advent | Living in Darkness, Waking in Light

 

2016 - The Things that Make for Peace

2015 - Displacement and Belonging 

2014 - Reconciliation Breaking Through 

2013 - Strangers in the Land

2012 - A Light Shines in the Darkness

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