“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors” (Luke 2:14)
A woman went to see her doctor. She complained that she was feeling run down. The physician said, “You’re not run down. You’re too wound up.” Those words might describe you during this busy Christmas season.
Did you know God has a special gift for run down, wound up, stressed out people? Jesus told us about this gift when He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you” (John 14:27).
Christmas is not the season to be anxious, but to be peaceful. God is never beset with anxieties. He never is at the mercy of circumstances beyond His control. The glory of Christmas is the gift of God’s peace.
Do you have peace of mind today? Are you at peace in all your relationships? Do you have peace at work? Do you enjoy peace in your personal finances? God never intended that your life be full of aggravations and frustrations.
The Bible verse at the top of this post, Luke 2:14, shows us 3 truths about God’s gift of peace.
Peace Is God’s Work
In the Bible whenever God does something wonderful, people are encouraged to give glory to God. So, when Jesus was born, angels announced to the shepherds, “Glory to God.”
When God blesses you with His gift of peace it is a sense of well-being that is beyond human comprehension. Our enjoyment of God’s gift of peace really is God at His best.
Peace Is Well-Being
The angels announced, “peace on earth.” What exactly does this word peace mean? The word actually carries the idea of “wholeness” or “well-being.” I think the word harmony is a good word to explain God’s gift of peace.
When God blesses you with His gift of peace you are at peace with others. You are at peace with yourself. And you are at peace with the circumstances of your life.
One wise person has said, “Every tomorrow has 2 handles. We can take hold of tomorrow by the handle of anxiety and worry, or we can take hold of tomorrow by the handle of faith. When you pick up the handle of faith God blesses your life with the gift of His peace.
Peace Is a Person
The angels sang out, “to all whom God favors.” What’s that about? This word favor is a terrific Bible word that means a grace that God does for people. “Favor” describes the tens of thousands of blessings God showers you with over your lifetime. You have been favored by God. Did you know that?
When Jesus died on that Roman cross, He shouted, “It is finished!” All that needed to be done to bring God’s peace into your life was accomplished. That is why I say, Peace is a person. Isaiah 9:6 speaks of Jesus as “the prince of peace.”
When God gave the gift of peace, He didn’t send a booklet of complicated instructions for us to figure out. He sent His Son. And peace enters your heart when you, by faith, take Jesus into your life, and you commit yourself to live with Jesus at the center of all you are and all you do.
‘Tis the season to be peaceful. The glory of Christmas is the gift of God’s peace. And that’s hopeful!