Week 34   Day 6

 

 

            peace seems such an elusive quality 

            people plan for it 

            devise methods for it 

            institute programs for it 

 

            and yet it seems to evaporate 

            dissipating like the morning dew

            disappearing with the next disagreement 

 

peace is 

              an illusion for the cynics 

              a dream for the hopeful 

              a goal for the faithful 

 

"Peace is that full, rich, harmonious state

of well-being for all people," 

someone wrote 

 

still there are those who say 

there can be no peace unless one is well-armed 

 

then why not with the armor of God 

truth and righteousness 

the gospel of peace and faith 

salvation and the word of God 

 

but what are these in the face 

of power politics and overwhelming force

 

and the Lord says, 

      
"Bethlehem. . . .
     you are one of the

           smallest towns of Judah,
         
but out of you 
    I will bring a ruler. . . 
and he will bring peace."  

 

                                                                            ---rus

 

 

 

                                 ENCOURAGEMENT

         Take courage and get your plumb line ready.

                                 Zechariah 1, 4, 7 & 8

 

     1 In the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came

to Zechariah the prophet, saying, 3"Return to Me, and I will

return to you.  4Do not be like your fathers, to whom former

prophets preached.  They did not hear nor heed Me."

     1The angel who talked with me wakened me, as a man is

wakened out of his sleep.  2He said, "What do you see?"  So

I said, "There is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top,

and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes."  4So I spoke,

saying "What are these, my lord?"

     5The angel answered me, "Do you not know what these are?" 

And I said, "No, my lord."  6He answered, "This is the word

of the Lord to Zerubbabel:  'Not by might nor by power, but by

My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.  7'Who are you, O great

mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!   He

shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"'"

     8Moreover the word of the Lord came, saying:  9"The hands

of  Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; and his

hands shall finish it.  10For these seven rejoice to see the plumb

line in the hand of Zerubbabel.  They are the eyes of the Lord,

which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth."

     8Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying,

9"Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion.  10Do not

oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  Let

none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother."

     13"Just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of

Judah, and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be

a blessing.  Do not fear, let your hands be strong.   Just as I

determined to punish you when your fathers provoked Me to

wrath, 15so again in these days I am determined to do good

to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.  Do not fear. 

     16"These are the things you shall do:  Speak each man the

truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth,

justice, and peace; 17let none of you think evil in your heart

against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath.  For all

these are things that I, the Lord, hate.

     20"Peoples shall yet come from many cities, saying, 21'Let

us go and pray and seek the Lord.  I myself will go also.'  23 In

those days ten men from every language of the nations shall

grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, 'Let us go with you,

for we have heard that God is with you.'"
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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