Reference: Warren, Rick (2008). The Purpose of Christmas. Howard Books, pp. 104-106.
Funny thing about making peace with God; it is invariably followed by the peace of God. Today’s reading reminds us that through the birth of a baby two thousand years ago, we can know the peace of God in a world ruled by darkness.
It is eighteen degrees here tonight with not a cloud in sight. Stars I don’t normally see gleam in the winter sky. By the miracle of Christmas, I can look up and know my God is in control of all that happens in the heavens and here on the earth.
Man talks a lot about peace. History yields a long list of men and women who did all they could to promote peace. Billions of dollars have been spent; thousands of lives have been taken, all in the name of peace. The joyful news of Christmas is that God knew how far afield man would go, and He made a plan before the world began.
We who believe know the peace of God. It is certainty in the face of illness, in the face of poverty and in the face of broken relationships. It is peace when it makes no human sense to have peace. Today, we pause to mark Christmas as the gate by which we can know the peace of God.
May you feel His grace today,
The last Word:
Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6, 7, NASB.