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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
We are taking our last steps on this eleven-month Path to Perfect Peace. What a journey it has been! We are more convinced than ever that God REALLY wants us to experience peace. That’s why He sent His Son to us and called Him The Prince of Peace.
We cannot ride off into a peaceful sunset without coming back to those two words that have surfaced frequently on this Path to Perfect Peace – justice and righteousness. When Isaiah foretold this Prince of Peace, he made it clear that His kingdom would be established and upheld on those two pillars – justice and righteousness.
How dedicated are you to justice and righteousness? I don’t mean just wanting them; I mean making them happen. Our world continues to scream for justice. It’s no time to be on the sidelines wishing for a just world. Get in the game. Start with one area in which people lack justice. Take one step that will extend justice to others.
Don’t even think of starting out without making certain you are committed to what God considers to be right – that’s what forms His righteousness. God is passionate for the materially poor, the oppressed, the one who cannot speak for or defend herself or himself. He calls you to walk closely with them, be blessed by them, and then “go and tell what you have seen and heard” of His work in their lives and your own.
May that capture your Path to Perfect Peace so that you will experience peace with God, within, and with others.
This is the fourth in the “Exalt the Prince of Peace” series of blog posts on our Path to Perfect Peace. It is also the last post in “The Path to Perfect Peace” blog. Check back in March as we launch our “Mission Possible” blog. Thanks for joining us this past year on our Path to Perfect Peace!