Tuesday, December 18, 2018
“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
It’s difficult to think about the Christmas season without thinking of gifts, isn’t it? What should we give that special someone? What will we receive in return? With all the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget to be still and truly celebrate the greatest gift we’ve been given, Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
The word peace is mentioned in the Bible over 400 times. By definition, it means “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” Isn’t it a gift to think God not only shared His son with the world, but that he also offers rest to His people?
I encourage you to sing “Silent Night” with your family today and really think about the words. If you were in Mary and Joseph’s situation, would you find peace in a foreign place, delivering a baby in a stable far from home? By human standards, there is nothing peaceful about that situation. But the key here is that they (and we) experienced HEAVENLY peace. It’s peace that surpasses understanding (Phil 4:7)
Heavenly peace is the Lord’s gift to you today and every day. Be quiet, be still, so you can lean in to His peace this Christmas.
Father, thank you for the gift of peace that comes from knowing You. May that peace that surpasses understanding rest on each of us today. Amen.
Contributed by Miller & Julie Coop