“And he will be their peace.” Many people in our community and around the world would love for peace to reign in their lives. People do not expect life to be perfect. We all know life naturally has its ups and downs, its joys and trials. But people need peace in the midst of it all. People need a rock upon which to weather the storm and also upon which they can share their joys with others. People need Jesus.
Micah spoke to a people in the midst of a trial. It was one of many times that the people of Israel had turned from God and were feeling the consequences of their choices. Yet even in the midst of this trial, God was present. He was never gone. The people waited and longed for God to act and restore them. God remained their hope and peace. Knowing that made the trial endurable because there is light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how far away, light is still there.
Jesus himself offers this same light. As His time on earth drew near to a close, He offered these words to His disciples: “My peace I leave you.” He knew the struggle ahead as they adjusted to His physical absence. Jesus also knew the light was coming. He knew this peace would be restored with the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ promise of peace is to us as well. We can claim this peace as His followers. His promise was not short-term, but to the end of this age. Many in our worlds are seeking peace. As His followers, we are called to share this peace. As Christ reigns in our lives, may we allow His light and love to shine forth, bringing Christ’s peace to those in need.
Scripture reference: Micah 5: 2-5a