What picture enters your mind when you consider the word peace?
A quiet beach somewhere? Perhaps a big comfy chair and a hot drink next to a warm fire? Some days, my version of peace is simply a few minutes of respite from my kids and their chaos! But maybe you’d go a bit deeper and say that peace is an absence of stress, anxiety, or worry.
There’s one thing each of those visions of peace have in common: they’re all based on our circumstances. And circumstantial peace is basically all the world has to offer. If you’re feeling stressed, treat yourself! While self-care certainly matters, the peace it provides is always going to be temporary. Our circumstances are constantly changing, so too will our sense of peace.
But there is another peace. A peace that came to earth in the form of a baby over two thousand years ago. He was called the Prince of Peace, and shortly before his death, he spoke these words to his followers:
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.
Jesus says that peace is our inheritance as children of God! And this is a fundamental, rock-solid peace that cannot be taken away from us by any mere circumstance. No, this isn’t simply the peace of a serene and sunny beach. Christ’s peace lasts even when the storm rolls in, sheltering us from the wind and rain with strength and love.
Even in the midst of a year filled with distress and turmoil, chaos and heartache… Christmas is a reminder that Jesus offers us His peace. We can allow our weary hearts to finally rest in the full confidence that He has overcome the world.
Thanks be to God!