Peace on Earth?

The Holiday Challenge (pt 1)

Long time no post, I know. I could give you all of the excuses in the world about how busy I am, how much schoolwork I have to finish before the new year, and how tired I’ve been. Such is the case with the holidays. However, you’ll be surprised to hear what I’ve decided to blog about today amidst the craziness of the season: peace. Not just the “be still” type of peace. This is the relationship healing, life-changing, supernatural, inexplicable peace endowed upon us by Christ that imbues every aspect of our lives.

Christmas, for a lot of people, is so not peaceful. We have to be at so-and-so’s house for dinner this evening, after church nativity practice and running to the mall with our friends to Christmas shop while procrastinating on that Civil War book that must be read before Christmas break and dreaming about what is hidden in the packages piling up under the tree… You get the picture.

And then there’s the family. So many families are so devoid of peace that Christmas only further strains damaged relationships. Some people flee from spending time with family at Christmas because they can’t bear the tension that hangs in the air amidst family gatherings.

Or maybe this is the most peace-less, painful time of year that you know. Maybe this is your first Christmas without someone who has been a part of the holiday ever since you can remember. Maybe you have a loved one who is very ill or a relationship that is in the dumps. You too, lack peace this season.

Whatever it is that robs your peace, you, like many of us, nearly laugh out loud at the concept of “peace on earth” reflected in so many Christmas tunes. Even though there isn’t peace in your family, at your job, in your relationships, in your mind, or even in the world around us, does peace reside in your heart?

Deep concept, I know. But I have good news for you.

A couple months ago, I told you a little about how I’ve been studying the Random 2Armor of God in my daily quiet time. Recently, I’ve been learning very specifically about the shoes of peace. I thought it was pretty appropriate, as we are smack dab in the middle of the Christmas season, to be contemplating this concept. In my Bible study book, the author, Priscilla Shirer, suggests (and backs up with Scripture) that there are two types of peace.

The first is peace WITH God. This is the peace that we acquire when we accept Christ as our Savior. We are no longer an enemy of God, rather, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are ultimately at peace with God. If you have made the decision to accept Christ’s gift of salvation, then you are immediately endowed with this gift, whether you realize it or not. If you haven’t made that decision, then there is no better time than now. To learn more, please click here.

Then there’s the second type of peace: the peace OF God. After you receive your peace WITH God through salvation, you have the possibility of gaining the peace OF God. This is that supernatural, “stand firm  the midst of the storm” type of peace. This is the peace that keeps people wondering. How do you attain this seemingly unattainable state of mind, body, and soul?

Prayer.

I’m not kidding you! Check the Bible, I promise that it’s there! Prayer seasoned with thanksgiving is what brings us the peace that passes understanding! Try it sometime. I can assure you from experience that it works! Prayer ends anxiety and invites in peace.

So there you have it, the recipe for true peace on earth this Christmas: faith in Christ followed by unending trust formulated through prayer and thanksgiving toward Him. Simple, yet not easy. But beautiful, fulfilling, and life changing. Find peace in your heart this Christmas; and when you do, share it with others. This world is in desperate need of a little peace this holiday season. Let’s pray that it starts with us.

 

1 thought on “Peace on Earth?

  1. What a grace gift peace is! Even when situations don’t seem to be resolving, God offers peace within if we trust Him with all the tangled elements of those situations. He’s at work even if we aren’t aware of it … yet.
    I appreciate your post so much, Miriam!

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