Sometimes, it’s a challenge to even jot a note in my journals. I’d rather not, today. However, as I sat at the table, the thought crossed my mind to check out the devotional in Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, so, I turned to December 19th and read the scripture.
I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34
That verses has always stumped me. I’ve heard some interpretations on it, but still been stumped. After reading the devotional, I better understand. The following really put it into perspective for me:
If I was happy and moral till Jesus came, why did He come? Because that kind of happiness and peace is on a wrong level; Jesus Christ came to send a sword through every peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.
— Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I turned to Matthew 10:34 and read the surrounding verses. Aha! It makes sense now! A parallel passage is noted on verse 35, referring to Micah 7:6. I turned to Micah and read most of the seventh chapter. I see in verses 1-5, what goes on when we do things ourselves, not trusting God. I like what Micah has to say in verse 7:
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7 NASB
As I jot that down for this post, I am reminded of Peter’s words, where he talks about the prophets who sought to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating. (I Peter 1:10-12). And, how blessed we are to be on this side of the Advent of Christ, so that we may seek Him and find real peace in Him. The first peace is between oneself and Jehovah God, then within. Though, as it says in Matthew 10:34-39 and Micah 7, and as it did with Christ and His earthly family (Matthew 12:45-47) before they truly understood, it may make your family the enemy and the enemy your family. It all depends on our individual willingness to accept God’s gift of salvation and see where that takes us on this journey of faith and life on earth.
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 NASB