Thursday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 12, 2013
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).
As children of God we have the gift of peace at our disposal at all times. However, we allow the cares of our daily lives to so consume us that God’s peace seems to escape us. There are times that we do appropriate that gift of peace and we experience that heavenly peace. I remember many times in my life when that peace has sustained me. One such instance comes to mind. Henry and I very unexpectedly were given the opportunity to fly to Dallas to Expo ’72 (a large Christian gathering). Some of you may remember that conference. This was a welcomed blessing for us but I have never felt real comfortable flying. However, because I was so sure that God had made it possible for us to go, I had complete peace that there was no need for me to be concerned about Him getting us there, even if it was by plane. It was the most enjoyable plane trip I had ever experienced.
In a devotional book I have, Billy Graham says this: “Centuries have rolled by, and still the world longs for and looks for the peace the angels sang about that first Christmas morning.” “Where is His peace, you ask? I’ll tell you where it is. It abides in the hearts of all who have trusted His Grace.”
As we approach this Christmas Season let us not forget the abiding gift that God has so generously provided for all of us who trust in Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, This year as we prepare to celebrate your birthday, please help us to rely on the gift of your peace. Make us aware that amid all the activities the season brings, we can still enjoy your heavenly peace. Amen