Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 10

Gail Singleton

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Saturday, December 10, 2011

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts – deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds – (in that peaceful state) to which (as members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live).  And be thankful, appreciative, giving praise to God always. Colossians 3:15 (The Amplified Version)

My computer desktop screen at home is a beautiful scene of aqua ocean water, a mini island with three palm trees, a sailboat in the distance and a blue sky with white fluffy clouds.  It looks so peaceful.  I could stare at it forever.  It does feel good to be in a state of peace, doesn’t it?  Wish I could just stay there.  Of course, life doesn’t always present itself that way.

Have you ever had to make a decision between two situations?  Most of us do that daily.  I remember one of those times in my life.  Just wasn’t sure which way to go.  So, of course, I talked to my Heavenly Father about it.  I was reminded of the scripture above.  I thought about choice one and felt very unsettled in my spirit although it logically seemed like a good way to go.  And then I pondered choice two and was much more at peace.  The long and short of this decision was, I chose the one that brought peace to my spirit but not totally without some trepidation.  As I look back it was the best decision for me.  Now I haven’t always chosen to take the peaceful decision route but I am learning that God’s peace in a situation is always the better way to go.

I am grateful for that peace that governs my choices and also for God who desires to help us with all decisions in life whether great or small.  We do have a wonderful God and one who cares deeply about each of us.

Prayer:  My prayer for you is that you allow the peace of God to act as umpire in your heart as you give praise to God for who He is and for all He does. Amen.