Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Luke 2:14 (NIV)
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:14 (MSG)
“Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”
“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” -AMPLIFIED
Once again we take a look at Luke 2:14. Today, though, let us focus on this promised “peace among men”. Peace seems to be very much lacking in our World these days. People cry, “Peace, peace”, but there is no peace.
Peace is such a precious commodity in this day and age. We search for it in our lives and we treasure it when found, because too often we do not have enough of it. True peace though comes from God; it is lasting and not dependent on circumstances. In fact, Jesus spoke these words to His followers, “Peace I leave with you; my [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” -John 14:27 (AMP)
Something that we each must realize for ourselves is that this peace that God has promised to us is ours; even in the most stressful, chaotic times of our lives; if only we will accept it. Too often we become so focused on the storms in our lives that we miss the closeness of our Savior who is standing right there with us through ever situation. Case in point, Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee; when His disciples were terrified and thinking they were about to die. Jesus’ response was this, “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” -Mark 4:39 (NIV)
F. B. Meyer speaks on Luke 2:14 and God’s peace; sharing these thoughts. “It will come, because when the heart has only one aim to follow, it is delivered from dividing and distracting cares. It will come; because the glory of God is so lofty an aim that it lifts the soul into the atmosphere of the heavenly and eternal world, where peace reigns unbroken. It will come, because we are not greatly troubled by the reverses and alternations of fortune that are incident to all work in this world, since the main object is always secure and beyond fear of failure. What though there be the ebb and flow of the wave, yet the tide is certainly coming up the shore, and will presently stand at high-water mark. This peace is said in the Revised Version to come only to men in whom God is well pleased. Live to please God and He will breathe on thee his peace. Seek his glory, and He will make thy heart his home. Do his will, and thereby good shall come to thee.” – (Our Daily Bread)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah prophesied of this over 700 years before His arrival. His prophecy tells us, “Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways—He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (The Voice)
Let the Prince of Peace be in your life today and every day. There is no need to give in to the chaos and stress of this life; Satan uses those things to distract us from where our focus needs to be firmly place; on Jesus. Grab hold of the hand of the Savior and rest in His peace. In turn, share that peace with others. There is a whole World that is in need of that peace that passes understanding. Share God’s peace with everyone that you can.
Lord, let your peace reign in my life. I try to keep my focus firmly place on you, but I have to be honest, sometimes I fail. Sometimes, I become distracted by the storms in this life and I become stressed over circumstances that I have no control. Forgive me, Lord, for trying to handle things that I have no business trying to handle. Be the Prince of Peace in my life; fill me with Your peace that passes understanding. I will trust you in every circumstance.