By Kelly Doyle Jones
Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7
I remember ushering in 2020 with excitement and plans for all of the incredible tasks the Lord would allow me to accomplish.
“This is so my year, Lord. I will get another book published and work on a higher level of certification in my work. I will travel more and worry less. With you Lord, I am unstoppable.”
Until I was stopped in my tracks…
Covid hit and the entire world changed overnight. Both of my bosses that I respected and loved for 25 years, retired without notice, leaving me basically homeless in a company that chose every other employee on their team BUT me. I was part-time and all full-time employees needed to have a home first.
I watched the television in horror at the destruction of cities and senseless killings of American citizens. Hate was everywhere. I slipped deeper and deeper into despair. The election only made matters worse. There seemed to be a new level of hatred each day.
It was time for my mammogram and I told my husband that if cancer was found, I did not want to seek treatment. I just want to go be with Jesus and not feel broken and afraid every minute of every day.
Can you imagine what the Jews were going through when King Herrod ruled? He persecuted and murdered anyone he even thought plotted against him. He would not eat pork in an attempt to purport himself as a proper Jew but murdered his sons, 2 wives, and a mother-in-law out of fear of conspiracy.
He hears a rumor of the impending birth of Jesus and orders all male infants under the age of 2 to be executed.
The despair the people must have felt is overwhelming..BUT…there is hope!!!!
Isaiah 9:6-7 gives us the hope we are desperately seeking:
“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. 7Of 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.” (NIV)
Our Father is on the Throne watching over us. He is the great protector that we SEEK and NEED!!
With the birth of Jesus and the price He paid for us to have eternal life, we do not have to worry or be anxious or live in fear.
He will make ALL things good for those who love and seek him.
Turn off the TV and open your Bible, share the good news with someone who is struggling. Only Jesus offers Peace without end!!
Prayer: Sweet Heavenly Father, we thank you for your promises of hope, counseling, guidance, and reign over all our land. We Thank you for giving us the peace our hearts so desperately need. You alone are on the throne and while we may not understand what Your plan is, we can trust You always.We Love You, we Praise You, we Thank You, and we Trust You.
In Jesus’ name,
Kelly Doyle Jones is the award-winning author of The Adventure Tree series. In the spring of 2021, the first book in her latest series Notorious Nora will go into the second edition and the sequel will come out with it! You can find out more at her website, http://theadventuretree.com/.