Today we light the Advent candle for God’s peace. We pray for God’s peace to come into our hearts, into our communities, to our nation and to our world. God promises peace, but we have to seek it from HIM. We need to RUN to God, for He wants peace for His people. Consider these words from Matt Jones’ sermon at our church this morning.
I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servantsâ€” but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
(Psalm 85:8-13 NIV)
We find peace as we place our faith in God and His son, Jesus.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
(Romans 5:1-2 NIV)
We have to listen carefully to what The Lord God says about peace. We don’t search for peace in areas where peace is not found. These verses show us the signs to watch for. Righteousness, faithfulness, and love are the signs.
God keeps His promises. Let us seek peace through our faith in God and His promises.