What a glorious time for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find peace these days. With the fast paced life we live, technology actually adding things on our plate, wars and rumors of wars, natural disasters, and the uncertainty of our government, it is almost impossible to have peace. Even our relationships, or the estrangement of such can be unsettling and leave us feeling empty, lost, and volatile. Can we have peace?
In John 14:27, Jesus told His disciples, “peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Apparently, this peace is not the peace we can derive from this world or from our own lives. If you ask the average person if he/she has peace with God, most will respond yes. But if you look at their lives and see the hurt, frustration, and anger that they have developed, they don’t seem very peaceful. What is peace with God? Peace with God is finally acknowledging that you are not in control of your life, nor in trying are you doing it well. It is finally letting go of our pride and sense of self-righteousness to seek out God and His blessings. If we let Him take over and see ourselves for what we really are, this new humble beginning will bring the peace we long for.
A sermon I heard the other day brought the point home so well. The speaker said that as humans, we all have the need to feel important, worthy, and accepted. We do this by piling up achievements, working hard to keep up with the Joneses, and manipulating our image to fit the mold of what society deems as “good”. If society changes their mind on what is good, we are in trouble and need to change directions. That is so true. Keeping up with all of this is an exercise in futility if not exhausting! No wonder we can’t take time to mend relationships. We’re too busy working out our own sense of worth. What if we were to stand in the achievements of Jesus, the work that He did, and to know we are made in the image of God? Well, I guess we could stop working on ourselves, and focus on loving God and others. This, my friends, is the way to true peace.
Luke 2:10-14 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."