Advent Devotion - 12/21/16

Peace, a word that seems almost impossible to attain in our world yet we are told throughout the bible that through Christ, we have peace. It is hard to see peace in our world or even in our own lives. There is a song that I love, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and the lyrics shed light on how it is easy to believe that peace does not exist:   

 

“And in despair I bowed my head

There is no peace on earth I said

For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men”

 

It is easy to take all of the chaos, hate, and tragedy in our lives and in this world and give up on the idea of peace. But biblical peace, the peace of God, transcends our situations. Colossians 1:19-20 states, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (Jesus Christ), and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross.” This verse explains that Jesus is peace, the sacrifice of Jesus is what gives us peace with God and allows us to have peace in this life on earth. Peace goes beyond our feelings or our understandings of peace; peace is the ultimate sacrifice and love only found through Jesus.

 

When we don’t recognize Jesus as our peace, we start to worry; we think of all of the things that could go wrong and fixate on the unrest in our lives. When we forget that peace exists, we give into the world’s idea that peace is not attainable. In the busyness of life, in the trials of my individual life, in the violence of the world; it is necessary to be reminded of God’s peace, his peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4;7), a peace that is not just found in the calm of life but found in every moment as we walk through life, following Christ.

 

Today, take time to invite God into your everyday life and ask for peace through Jesus. Do your best to be found living your best, in peace; find the peace of God and run after it.

 

Here are some scripture verses to meditate and reflect on today:

Isaiah 26:3, Hebrews 12;14, 1 Peter 3:10-11

 

Rachel Jones