When we look around, there is havoc on earth, including in our own hearts.
This is why the theme of the Christmas season, “peace on earth,” is so valuable. The world is in need of peace and in need of a righteous King to bring it. At Christmas, we celebrate that unto us a King has been given, and by His rule, there will be peace.
Yet while Jesus is always the King we need, if we’re honest with ourselves, He is often not the King we want. With our faulty vision, we become nearsighted and willing to trade our perfect Savior for instant gratification, for a lesser king in our own image.
As Samuel began his quest to anoint the next king, we see that he had the wrong idea about what the king should be like. Not only that, but Jesse didn’t even bring all of his sons to the sacrifice! David, the youngest, a dirty shepherd boy, Samuel’s least likely pick, wasn’t even invited.
When Jesus came, He didn’t come the way His people expected Him. He came as a baby and grew up to be a carpenter. Like David, He was an unlikely King in the eyes of the world. In Isaiah 53, we see that Jesus had “no form or majesty that we should look at him,” and that He was even “despised and rejected by men.”
Christmas is not just a sweet story of a baby in a manger. When God opens our eyes, we see that the baby in that manger is the coming King of kings and Lord of lords. We will kneel before Him, for in that manger, God came to be with us!
Spend some time offering yourself again in prayer to our good God who came to be with us. His call is worthy and His cause is worthy because our King is worthy. Feel free to write out your prayers.
To Him be all the glory.