Child of Peace

During this time of the year, the days and weeks become increasingly busy. It’s difficult to find the time to simply stop and be still for any length of time. From shopping to Christmas programs to hosting a family gathering, etc., we easily become engrossed in the seasonal demands and the festivities of Christmas. We know this all too well. What we may forget is not merely “the reason for the season,” but we miss out on what the Advent season fundamentally provides—peace. As I observe the hustle and bustle of Christmas, peaceful is usually not the word I’d use to describe what I’m seeing, nor what I’m always feeling. Jesus said towards His early ministry, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (Jn 14:27). Jesus provides lasting inner peace. The apostle Paul put it this way, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). The peace we have with God as a result of the incarnation and the cross work of Christ surpasses all understanding! What a beautiful thought. But why do we often feel stressed rather than at peace? Perhaps we are too busy fixing the externals, removing disorder, and accomplishing tasks, all the while, the inner turmoil and stress remain. The Psalmist provides some wise insight and instruction that points us in the right direction. Whether we struggle with unbelief or rightly ordering our priorities, David says to “Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still” (Ps 4:4). Given the context of the Psalm, we are to think deeply about our sin, respond in repentance and place our trust in God alone (v5). Only then will we know the peace that brings lasting rest and security (v8). Take time this week to ponder anew the mercies of God, the wonder of the incarnation, and the peace Jesus provides to those who are “still.” –Pastor Nate

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Missions Emphasis

10AM: Pastor Rory–Child of Peace–Isaiah 9:5/Psalm 4 (sermon notes)

6PM: Christmas Vespers

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