We’ve come to our third word for the month of December. (If you missed the first two, just go to my web site: marleneburling.com. So our word for today – PEACE.
When a multitude of angels appeared to the shepherds that Christmas night, do you remember the words they spoke? “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.” But how could they even say that? Rome was was ruling the countries, they were heavily taxed, and many cruel practices were being dealt to the people. There was lots of turmoil going on. (Sound familiar?) But I believe they were talking about a different kind of peace – an inner peace that only the Son of God is able to give.
There are two kinds of peace: a peace “with” God, and the peace “of” God. So, what’s the difference? As lost sinners we are considered “enemies” of God. However, the moment we trust Jesus and receive His gift of salvation we are changed from an enemy to His child and we now have peace “with” God. But this gift keeps giving. Look what this verse says:
“My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
With all that’s going on around us: our world being turned upside down, trials and heartaches, financial burdens, and uncertainties; our faith can really be shaken.
So, how do we get this peace? Is it something magical? No. Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace” and He’s given us the Bible to read. His promises are all there. His encouragement is all there. His truth to guide us is all there, to instruct and to encourage us. And besides that, as God’s child, the third Person of the trinity lives within us. He is our Comforter. He knows all about us – what we are going through. We have the privilege of bringing all our fears, worries and concerns to Him. No matter what we are going through, He will give us a peace that passes understanding.”
Have you ever experienced that peace? If you have – it’s almost unexplainable, isn’t it? This is the peace “of” God. Oh, what a gift!
(God is waiting for you to claim (receive) this gift, too!)