READ: Jeremiah 14:13-16; Romans 5:1-11
- We enter into Advent with Peace on our minds. Or not. For some, the daily dose of fires in California, murders in Chicago and drug busts in your hometown are enough to make you question if peace is even (ever) attainable. Then there’s those “prosperity preachers” who tell us that God is obligated to bless us and keep us safe and happy. And yet, here we are, still living in stress-filled environments wondering where God went.
- We live in such an individualized world it’s hard to imagine anything other than how all this affects us personally. We fail to realize that what God says in His word is often meant for the corporate people of God and not for us as individuals. Peace in the Old Testament was often a reflection on what was going on in the nation of Israel, not in the individual Israelite. The same is often true in the New Testament, as we consider the number of times “you” is plural (you’s; y’all; you-uns).
- Even more importantly, peace is not always the absence of conflict or struggles. Quite often peace is the presence of God in the midst of the storms. And even more important than that is the qualification that personal peace in this life is not our greatest need. What Paul reminds us so clearly in Romans 5 is that peace with God overshadows all other forms of peace. If we have peace with Him, the rest is largely immaterial or at least far less consequential.
- What is your status with God? (hint: if you are a believer—it’s secure)
- What is your sense of peace in life?
- Commit to keeping peace with God your priority over peace in life’s circumstances.
PRAY: Thank God for His concern for your ultimate welfare. Pray for His guidance through whatever God brings along. Commit to faithfulness regardless of circumstances.