“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14
Christmas is a season of peace.
Peace isn’t the absence of trouble or pain. It’s not the absence of conflict. Peace is the presence of quiet heart in any circumstance by the power of the Holy Spirit. Peace that comes from God stills our hearts and silences the noise of worry that swirls around us. His presence brings peace.
And as His physical presence entered the earth through Mary’s birth canal, the Prince of Peace came to the earth and to you and me to quiet our hearts and bring real, lasting peace no matter what we’re going through.
My own struggle with peace runs deep. I am one of those people that struggles to grab hold of peace (and not be a frazzled, crazy-stressed mommy).
Last year my husband was without a job for several months. It was such a test of our faith and trust in God. We have three little kids and moved three times in just six months between two states, all without income from a job.
I feel like God gave my husband and me grace to walk through a difficult time, but we had moments when it just felt overwhelming and hopeless. So we’d pray, and it was in those moments when God met us supernaturally, gave us hope and filled us with an unexplainable peace that we could only find by trusting Him. At times, I worried (and I mean REALLY worried) about whether or not we would completely run through our savings or if we would have any money left to feed our kids.
But guess what? God took care of us. Through several miracles, we hardly had to touch our savings to meet our needs during those several months.
One day, we received a large check in the mail from a friend of ours whom we hadn’t spoken to in several months and who definitely did NOT know our current financial situation. They simply indicated with a note attached to the check that God had “spoken to them” to send it to bless our family. That check was one of many ways God provided for us supernaturally and at that moment I remember thinking to myself, Why do I worry? He always takes care of us. He is trustworthy.
He came down and brought peace to the earth, and peace to you and me. We find it there, laying in the manger bed.
And so we wait. Whatever you are facing, His peace is here. The Prince of Peace is coming to quiet your heart in the middle of whatever circumstance you are facing today. Don’t worry. He’s got you and it’s all going to be okay.
Wait for Him. Grab hold of Him. He is coming.
The Prince of Peace.
Philippians 4:5-8 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, on final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me–everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.