What do you do when God brings you to an unexpected road?

I watched a clip from a segment in the show of Jimmy Kimmel about kids who received unexpected gifts from their parents. Reactions were varied. Some were humored by it. Others threw tantrums.

Here’s the clip.

“You broke my heart.”
This was the statement the last child said after he didn’t get what he had expected for Christmas.

The Israelites were hoping for a Messiah to come that was like David – a king and a military leader who will deliver them from Roman rulership. They were looking forward to one who will rescue them from their woes. But the One that came didn’t look like a king, neither did He look like a valiant military man. Born in a manger and coming from a humble family, Jesus wasn’t who they expected.

Isaiah prophesied several hundred of years prior that a child was going to be born and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

WONDERFUL COUNSELOR

Because this King (Jesus) is our wonderful counselor, we can rely on His infinite wisdom.
Reason? The Bible says that He is wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. (Is. 28:29)

God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals. (Wayne Grudem)

We are told that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God who gives generously without finding fault. (James 1:5)

MIGHTY GOD

The word mighty in its original is the word used for “hero”. A hero is someone who does great things and mighty acts for someone who can’t do it for themselves.

Jesus is the Mighty God who is able to do what we would be unable to do for ourselves.

You and I can trust His power for He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to the power that works in us. (Eph. 3:20)

EVERLASTING FATHER

This doesn’t mean that Jesus is the Father Himself. The Triune God is one God in three distinct persons. But what this tell us is that Jesus has the attributes of the Everlasting Father. He is one who gives security through His love. God is love (1 John 4:16). And His love secures us.

You can trust that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

PRINCE OF PEACE

The Apostle Paul says that God is not a God of confusion but of peace. (1 Cor. 14:33)

God’s peace means that in God’s being and in His actions, He is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet He is continually active in innumerable fully controlled, simultaneous actions. (Wayne Grudem)

King Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, is in full control and is able to deliver what He said He would. Out of the 7.2 billion people in the world, He is able to orchestrate all the events in our lives in perfect order to bring about what is best for us and ultimately for His glory.

May you remember this week as we celebrate Christmas, that King Jesus is He who brings wisdom, has power, gives security and orchestrates our lives in perfect order so that ultimately He gets all glory and honor.

The world didn’t expect a Messiah in the person of Jesus.
In the beginning, we thought what we got was what we didn’t need. We ended up getting what we didn’t think we want but really, it was the very thing we actually needed.

Merry Christmas!

 

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A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.

But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her younglings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.

The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.

Peace is not the absence of storms
but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it.

 

 

In Luke 2:14, the angels declared, ““Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  Jesus came to bring peace.

 

1. Peace with God.

We have peace with God through Jesus. We were at war with Him. The Bible says that, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10)

Jesus came so that our relationship with God could be restored.

2. Peace of God.

The result of peace with God is the peace of God. Life is now lived before an audience of One. The Apostle Paul says that he lives to please only One – only his Savior Jesus.

We are told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. Peace with others.

Because we have peace with God which brings about the peace of God, it is now possible to be at peace with others. If we have been forgiven of our gravest of offense, we are now empowered by His grace to forgive others.

Romans 12:18 tells us to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

My prayer is that we will trust God for restoration of relationships this Christmas season. Having peace with God and the peace of God should set us free from any inhibitions to attempt mending broken relationships. It no longer matters who’s wrong or right. The goal is to restore.

Remember, Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe so that there can be forgiveness for those who owed a debt they couldn’t pay.