Wednesday: Observe Peace

...Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind 
In one the hearts of all mankind; 
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease, 
And be yourself our King of Peace. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to you, O Israel!
— Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel: Translated by John Neal, 1818-66

There is a Holy loosening in the midst of this stanza- a relinquishing of the idols we have trusted independently in for peace. Between its lines lives a recognition that strengthening the divide will not create stability. Our seeking will only be satisfied by uniting under the rule and Lordship of Jesus. Oh, come Desire of nations… 

Jesus is the king we all desire. He grants the perfect freedom yet maintains absolute authority. In his might he protects, and in his compassion endows charitable welfare. He is the One King who can overcome the turmoil, the One King who is best for every subject. He is the one King who will never fail, never be overtaken, and never change. Jesus is our King of Peace. 

When it seems that the only option is to stand on one side of the divide, pray. The very Spirit of the Risen Lord dwells in us to empower us to do the work of Jesus right here in the midst of a chaotic world. His Kingdom has already broken in, and he has called us to give our first devotion, pledge our truest allegiance, and abandon any ties that impede on our obedience to his authority. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


Am I restrained from experiencing God’s peace because I am holding on to an idol? Do my actions point to one other than Jesus as the “King of Peace” I long for?


God, may you expose the anchors I grasp at that fail me and lead to distress. I repent of placing my trust in any other source for peace. Forgive me for listening more carefully to the calamity than to your voice. You never fail, God, you never fail.