This year, we asked the question: Where is peace in the midst of chaos? After a tumultuous 2020 that we’ll never forget, many of us have asked this question.
As we commemorate the birth of our Savior, it’s hard to imagine a more chaotic arrival; unimaginable family drama, and a bounty on the head of a helpless infant.
But here God is — peace Himself — in the midst of chaos.
Peace, or “perfect peace” (Isaiah 26.3), is found in God the Father. Peace is not the absence of chaos but rather God’s presence with us sealed with our assurance in Him.
Beyond His birth, as we also commemorate the coming of our Savior, we remember His promise:
For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” Luke 2.11, 13-14 AMP
The peace of God comes to those who have peace with God (with whom He is well pleased).
God has already given us access to peace by giving us Himself. That doesn’t mean that we’re never rattled or don’t feel the emotions of life, it simply means that we keep Him at the center of our lives.
Accessing God’s peace means that we continually realign our eyes to Him when our focus fades elsewhere. It means that we live in such a way that welcomes His presence rather than push Him away.
Peace means that we trust in our faith (our confidence and assurance in Him) more than we trust in our fear.
This Christmas, remember that Peace is a person. And He’s come.