The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Day 22: Peace

Isaiah 11:1–10

1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

As I read this passage the though of inner peace comes to mind. What a true blessing inner peace is. From a young age Christ was blessed with inner peace, by His father, and a true understanding of that Godly peace that can be obtained through righteous living of the commandments.

What then can we learn by his example? Does peace come simply by being righteous? I like to think that peace comes by many ways, especially these three ways outlined by President Monson [i]:

1. Search inward;
2. Reach outward; and
3. Look heavenward.

6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

10 ¶And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

May we all find lasting peace through our Lord and Savior, that the Lamb might lay down with the Lion and be not harmed. Is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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[i] Thomas S. Monson, Finding Peace, March 2004 Liahona Magazine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints.

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