Christmas - Peace - Day 12

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, it is so easy during those times when we have sudden changes in life come on us to feel overwhelmed.  Through this Scripture help us learn how to feel peace despite our situations. In Your name, amen.

 

Read: John 14:25-27 NIV

 “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

 

Reflect: 

I am at an age in life when I am seeing things happen to friends and relatives that bring about sudden changes in a family’s lifestyle.  Since last April we have had several friends and relatives who have had major health events happen in their lives. They have gone from active, busy and involved lifestyles to having severe limitations.  One became an invalid and the other a 24/7 caregiver.  It has been interesting to watch how they react to their situations. 

 

Some have railed at God and gone on and on about why He hasn’t answered prayers the way they had prescribed for Him.  Charles H. Spurgeon comments on these individuals this way.  “They think there ought to be some more lenient dispensations of kinder providence for them.  They imagine themselves to whom the sun should always shine and whose path should always be smooth. And if He isn’t, they think God is dealing with them harshly—and they doubt His love.” (Spurgeon Study Bible)

 

Other friends in similar situations have praised God for being with them and have lifted the spirits of those they encounter.  We had one friend who was in hospice care and the pastors visited to pray with him. Before they had the opportunity to speak, his first statement when they entered the room was to ask them how he could pray for them.  He was a blessing to others until the end.

 

The latter group understands the true meaning of this passage. The Life Application Bible summarizes it this way, “The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict.”

 

Apply:  

The New Living Translation states verse 27 this way; “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  This Advent season and throughout the year remember the gift of peace of mind and heart that the Holy Spirit provides you.  If you do, you can truly have the “peace that passes all understanding”. (Philippians 4:7)

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, we praise You for the way You provide us with the gift of peace of mind and spirit through the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.  It is only through this gift that we can deal with the trials of life.  In Your name, amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity:

Plan a family or neighborhood game night.

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Terry Schneider