Of the increase 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. (Isaiah 9:7)
This is said of the child to be born, the son given, whose names are Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace; that is, God’s chosen, God’s Messiah.
The sips of scripture are being taken from Melodie Davis’s 366 ways to peace, and I want you to notice an important way to peace that this scripture tells us of. It’s comfortable news, for the most part, because it doesn’t require any action on our part. Messiah will issue in a reign of peace, a reign of “justice and righteousness” that will last forever. Messiah will do this, not us (primarily, in any case).
In fact, Isaiah tells us “the zeal of the Lord Almighty” will make it happen. It is God’s choice, God’s strong desire, that peace come, and righteousness prevail. A recent study of Romans that we did in our church reinforced the idea in my mind that it is God’s plan to bring about peace by sending a Messiah that would issue in the reign of God, accessible to all people, Jew and Gentile, male and female, sinner and ‘righteous’ alike.
And what God chooses to do, Go will do. All will be well. Sure, we must do our small parts to live a life of peace, of justice, of righteousness, and to join groups and work towards the ideals of God’s reign. But will know that God’s good plan (not often the same as our plans, unfortunately) will succeed.