Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 12

Shawna Stomberger

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scripture:  “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6

Shout out “YAHOO” if you are worry free.  Uh oh, I can hear only crickets chirping.  Is it ironic to you that we Christians celebrate the Prince of Peace at Christmas while our minds and bodies are burdened with worries and stress?  God’s Word repeatedly promises peace to his followers, so why is the following often our norm:
•    How am I going to pay these bills?
•    My grief is more than I can bear!
•    There isn’t enough time to do it all!
•    She makes me so mad!
•    I’m not good enough!
•    ______________________________ (fill in the blank)!

Where’s the peace you promised, God?  We want it wrapped in a pretty package under our Christmas trees this year!
Well, we don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to receive the gift of peace.  God is clear
on how to reap the reward today . . .
“In me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation.”  John 16:33
“The Lord promises peace to his people, but let them not return to folly.”  Psalm 85:8
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  
Romans 8:6
Our focus cannot be on worldly concerns (or follies); that will only bring troubles!  If our focus is truly Christ and his purpose, our bodies will instantly relax with His peace.  Just like a New Year’s diet, focusing on Christ instead of the World’s distractions may take discipline.  However, the benefit of a peaceful mind is much greater than losing 10 pounds.  Actually, surrendering all of our Earthly burdens to Christ would probably make us feel 10 pounds lighter!  Join me this holiday season in trying a stress-free “diet” by focusing on Jesus, our Prince of Peace.

Prayer:  Dear Prince of Peace, sustain our focus on you!  Have us recognize our worldly concerns as folly compared to your greatness.  Thank you for your promise of peace; discipline our bodies to receive it.  In Your Name we pray.  Amen.