During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
The Path Of Peace
"Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, . . . And it will be a memorial to the Lord, . . ." Isaiah 55:13
These words are a promise of what would happen in this world, and now in us, if the spirit of God were to enter in and take up control of our life. The thorns would disappear and a whole new process would begin to bring forth life.
Our words in our soul, born in bitterness from a past offense; the things we say steeped in malice and envy, spoken for the very purpose of inflicting pain on others, if Jesus sat in control upon the throne of our heart, those hurtful words would never be spoken again. And even if those words still find their way to the surface of others lips, even if others were to launch such cruel words to be hurled at us like javelins, the thorny points would find no place to lodge.
If we stay on the path of peace, by staying in the Spirit of truth, the hurtful spears aimed like arrows at our heart will be deflected from the one who follows Christ in the path of peace. Without Christ, we are destined to produce only thorns, but with Him, there will be a change to living trees.
This is a lesson for our soul. The way to destroy the thorns in our life is to plant something stronger and greater in its place which will bring a harvest of new life. The growth of life means death to all the thorny places of the heart. The moment the peace of God floods our heart, small irritations die, over-sensitivity loses its power to enrage us, and strife is strangled.
One only harvests what is planted. In our short-sightedness we have not planted the holy things. We have not given ourselves over to the way of peace. And so God, because of His love for us, sends a mighty work to sweep away the thorns and briers and pettiness that have pushed away peace.
Can you recall the days when you were more worried, bothered and bitter? Thank Him for taking the thorns and planting trees.