Christmas has been called “the most wonderful time of the year.” But it can also be full of emotional ups and downs, for many different reasons. Even as Mary and Joseph anticipated the birth of the Messiah, they were on a roller coaster. In a great crowd of people, no place to stay and no idea of what was to come.
As Christmas quickly approaches and we do all our last minute “things,” it is easy to lose sight of the true reason we celebrate. God sent Himself in human, helpless form to fix our broken relationship. Jesus was born as a man to bring peace between us and the God who knows and loves us. If your heart is not at peace this Christmas, here are a few things to encourage you.
God will resolve all things
Colossians 1:19-20 says, “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross, –whether things on earth or things in heaven.”
God is concerned about everything you are dealing with and He proved it by sending Jesus. If you are a Christian, the most important reconciliation has already taken place. You are in relationship with the One who created you and who loves you beyond imagining.
Peace is always available
God is the one person who will not lie to you. If you grew up surrounded by deceit (people’s words did not match their actions), that can be hard to believe. If your trust is based on what you can see, it will also be hard to believe. But if you trust that Jesus died for you and the words in the Bible, God says He has already given us peace.
Isaiah 26:12 – “LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us.”
Peace does not depend on circumstances
Jesus told His disciples that they would have suffering and deal with persecution. Part of living in this broken world is suffering. But we have confidence, knowing that everything that is broken here will eventually be made right.
“Look: An hour is coming, and has come,ar when each of you will be scattered to his own home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.as 33I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:32-33
The Word gives us tools to obtain peace
We learn that we can get peace by keeping our minds focused on God and trusting in Him (Isaiah 26:3). Philippians 4:6 explains further that if we pray and give thanks instead of worrying we can have the peace of God. And Colossians 3:15 commands us to let the peace of Christ rule. Col 3:16-17 tells us how to do that.
The irony of peace, is that it must be fought for. We must put aside our distractions and make the effort to put God in the center of our hearts and minds. While it is not a simple as a short prayer, the effort to continually pray, give thanks and build community is worth the end result. Many people say they would pay for peace of mind but few are willing to pay in time and sacrifice.
This Christmas, I’m praying that your home is filled with the peace of God, no matter what your circumstances.