Peace has been described as that brief period of time where everyone is reloading. It does seem that there is so little peace in our world. Nations are battling nations. Various factions within countries are at war with each other. We have unrest in our political parties. We have conflict in our government. We see violence on our streets and shootings in our schools. We have strife in our homes and turmoil in our personal lives. Where is this peace on earth that the angel announced at the birth of Christ so many years ago?
When Jesus came to this earth as a baby He brought with Him a peace that the world desperately needs. However this peace which came to earth is described in the English Standard Version of Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” The peace is not universal but personal. Those who acknowledge the Savior as their own will have that peace. Those who have bowed before the Prince of Peace will be the ones that can experience a peace that passes all understanding.
The Christmas season is supposed to be a season of peace on earth. However, it is not so peaceful for many. Perhaps you are experiencing the stress of attending too many Christmas events, spending too much money, and trying to meet everyone’s expectations. Perhaps your holiday is not so peaceful because you have lost that special person, or you have to spend Christmas away from family. It is precisely at this moment when we need to understand that for the child of God our peace only comes when the Prince of Peace is reigning supreme over our lives. Our peace is not tied to holiday celebrations or giving the perfect gift. Our peace is not a season, it is a person.
Are you are feeling a little harried and overstressed during this Christmas season? Why not look for a little time of peace by spending it with the Prince.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation