THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
HE CAME TO GIVE ME THE PEACE OF GOD
Preparing for a large Christmas Eve family gathering, a mother had been giving out orders like a drill sergeant: “Pick up your things! Don’t get your clothes dirty! Put away those toys.” Well, her 4-year-old daughter had been underfoot all day, so she sent her to the next room to play with their wooden Nativity set. As the mother scurried around setting the table she overheard her daughter talking to her toys in the same tone of voice the mother had used: “I don’t care who you are, get those camels out of my living room!”
We’ve talked all week about God’s desire to give us the gift of peace by giving us his Son. As the Apostle Paul unpacks the idea of God’s peace, he tells us not to worry. The word “worry” means to pull apart. And the word “peace” means to hold together. Jesus came to hold our worlds together, so we don’t have to worry about it falling apart.
In the sermon, Mike shared the promise of Jesus in John 16:33 which says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Share any trials or worries you have with God in prayer. Thank God for hearing your prayer and promising a peace that passes all understanding.