Day 16 – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Scripture: Isaiah 40:9-11
Written in the mid-eighteen hundreds, this hymn tells of the angel’s message of fulfilled prophecy. Can you not picture the angels bending toward the earth, playing their golden harps, bringing the wonderful news that people had been awaiting? The Israelites had traveled a long, troublesome path. They had received God’s covenant promise and blessing, yet they could not keep their focus. They turned from God and had stumbled in their walk with Him. Their hearts were troubled and they yearned for peace and the angels came on that midnight clear, bringing the message of “Peace on the earth.” They sang, not of an attitude or a feeling, but of the One who was born to be the Prince of Peace—strong with power, but also gentle as a shepherd leading his sheep.
Words to ponder. How do you receive the message of “peace on earth?” Do we want peace at any price? Think about the world with the Prince of Peace ruling in every heart. Can you say, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin in me?”