The Lord Be With You Today!
"I will make peace your governor and well-being your ruler."
(The Lord declares that out of a season of oppression
He will bring in a season of peace and well-being,
that even those having influence over us
will contribute their input in peaceful ways,
that their ways will be filled with peace.
The last phrase of this declaration is translated in another way as
the Lord will make "your exactors righteousness."
The exactors or rulers are the authorities,
more specifically, an allusion to taskmasters
who exacted unfair and harsh taxes,
but who will now conduct their tax-gathering in fairness and integrity.
For us today, the Lord tells us
that even in our unavoidable interactions with the world
He will cause us to be treated fairly and justly
in this new season He brings into our lives.
We can depend on His protection and provision,
even from those in authority over us
who formerly had intended harshness and had inflicted harm,
but who now bow to His rule over us and them.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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