Sunday, July 29, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: July 29
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished …” ~ Isaiah 40:1-2a
SUFFERING is stacked upon suffering in our lives because we do not recognize that “warfare is accomplished.” The war is over! The “middle wall of partition” has been broken down. No need for your life and mine [Eugenia Price, the author’s] to be “divided against itself” because of these ugly walls of resentment and bitterness and fear and anxiety and self pity.
We run away to be alone. We run away to find “peace.” No one can live “a life within itself that breathes without mankind.”
“Whither shall I go … whither shall I flee …?” There is no place we can go to find peace as such. There is only one place we can go to receive it. And that is to the foot of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The peaceful Christian stays there. That is why he is peaceful.
Jesus “made peace by the blood of his cross” and in this great act the walls fell down. The warfare came to an end. Peace became available. The tragedy now is not the Cross of Christ. That has become victory. The tragedy now is that those of us who receive this peace He made there, walk away from the Cross and forget it. We forget we have no right to resent. No right to be bitter. No right to be afraid. We have no rights if we follow Christ. This is the freedom. This is the comfort. This is the peace.
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people … [the] warfare is accomplished … For he is our peace, who hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.”