“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
Every Christmas we hear the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. The lyrics are “And in despair I bowed my head: There is no peace on earth, I said, For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men.”
These lyrics were written by Henry Longfellow in 1867, but still describe the world today. We quote Scriptures of peace and sing of peace, yet find no peace. The Christmas season is a fun time to share with friends and family, but is not always described as a peaceful time. Christmas can tend to be chaotic, rushed, and busy. We become distracted by meaningless things and before you know it, we are staring at credit card statements and discarded wrapping paper. We wonder what we’ve missed.
In the Dr. Suess movie “Grinch”, Cindy Lou Who watches a crowd cheer in a chaotic store after her father maxed out his credit card. The young girl stood in the store carrying tons of packages watching the adults run around frantically purchasing gifts. Have we lost the wonder of it all? Do these “presents” pull our attention away from Christ? Does our “greed” show forth its ugly head during this time or are we saturated with gifts that we forget the gift of “time”. Every year, more and more gadgets are created to distract us. Computers, smartphones, tablets, iPads, 3D TV’s, and Smart TVs collect dust around our homes. Do we use these machines for the Lord? These gadgets will never bring us peace.
The secret to peace cannot be wrapped n a package. The secret to peace is found in John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” True peace comes from God. He encourages us to “live peaceably with all” and to “strive for peace with everyone”. This season, may we find the peace our hearts desire.
1.) Have I made time this season for God? A devotional? Faithfulness in church? Tithing? Volunteering?
2.) What distracts me from time with God?
3.) Do I seek out peace with others?