I could be a multi-millionaire if I could find a way to bottle the peace that transcends understanding (Philippians 4:7). However, if I tried to do that, it would demonstrate that I didn't fully receive that peace. I only say it that way because it is a peace that is out of this world and something that lost souls are so desperate for that if they had even a taste of it, they would go to any extreme to have more of it.
I received this peace recently as an utmost gift from my loving God because He gives peace generously and unexpectedly to those who are seriously seeking Him. I got caught up in a conflict that got out of hand recently. Through prayer and wise counsel the Lord showed me my sin and asked me to confess what He showed me. I did. The situation got worse; but this time, though I am not innocent for sure, I did not rebel against God and followed His direction to stand firm. When I came home I expected to be stirred up—I don't like to be involved in situations like this—but I was overcome with a supernatural experience of peace. I took that as God’s delight in me, though fallen, I basically stood firm in a loving manner.
The peace of earth the angels described to the shepherds in Luke 2: 14 came to us from heaven in the form of the infant Jesus. Not only did I receive peace in my soul but also I felt good will toward those who stirred up the potential conflict. God’s peace not only affects my relationship with Him; it also affects my relationship with others.
During this last Sunday before Advent, we focus our hearts on the peace of the Nativity opened up to us from God’s messengers from heaven. These angels of Christmas are associated with the fourth candle of advent. While the prophets show us hope, Mary shows us love and the shepherds demonstrate joy; it’s only a purely heavenly messenger that can tell us about peace.
Because of sin we have lost the peace of heaven. It can only be restored by repentance and obedience to the Christ child who was sent to us. I can't sell you that peace, but I can witness to it. Let me assure you that when you: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). you experience what the angels announced to the Shepherds—Peace on Earth.
Christmas Day is just around the corner pushing up against the fourth Sunday of Advent. That is the day we light the white candle in the center of the Advent Wreath and receive the full glory of its light. It’s all about the Christ child at Christmas.
I want to wish you a Holy Christmas day. Don't miss out on making time to reflect on God’s greatest gift of the Christ child. Remember how the virtues of hope, love, joy and peace have come to you this Advent Season. Have a Holy, Merry Christmas.