The Peace of Advent: Day 9

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“Go in peace.” Eli, the priest, spoke these words to Hannah after realizing that what he had thought were the actions of a drunk woman, were signs of anguish. She was a woman pouring out the anguish of her soul to God, the only One who could give her the son she desperately desired. “Go in peace,” he told her, “and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him” (1 Samuel 1:17, NIV). The Bible records that after responding, “May your servant find favor in your eyes,” Hannah “went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” (1 Samuel 1:18, NIV).

Hannah did, “Go in peace,” and I believe that she was able to do so because she believed that God was going to answer her prayer. And it is our faith in our Father, our knowledge of His character, our confidence that He will keep His promises which enable us to, “Go in peace.” We can, “Go in peace,” that is, in a state of tranquility or quiet; in freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. We can, “Go in peace,” into new arenas – relationships, careers, business ventures, creative endeavors, life style changes – into all stages of life’s journey and through all seasons because of He who is Yahweh-Shalom. “Go in peace.”

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Advent Week 2: Day 7 PEACE

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“Go in peace.” These are some of the words the priest Eli spoke to Hannah after learning that what he had thought were the actions of a drunk woman, were in fact that of a woman pouring out the anguish of her soul to the only One who could give her what she desperately desired. A son. “Go in peace,” he told her, “and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him” (1 Samuel 1:17, NIV). The Bible records that after responding, “May your servant find favor in your eyes,” Hannah “went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” (1 Samuel 1:18, NIV).

Hannah did, “Go in peace,” and I believe that she was able to do so because she believed that God was going to answer her prayer. And it is our faith in our Father, our knowledge of His character, our confidence that He will keep His promises which enable us to, “Go in peace.” We can, “Go in peace,”  that is, in a state of tranquility or quiet; in freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. We can, “Go in peace,” into new arenas – relationships, careers, business ventures, creative endeavors, life style changes –  into all stages of life’s journey and through all seasons because of He who is Yahweh-Shalom. “Go in peace.”

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Other posts in the Advent series can be found here.

 

 

 

Advent Week 2: Day 6 PEACE

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This verse describes Gideon’s reaction to God’s compassionate response to  his (Gideon’s)expectation that he would be destroyed because he had “seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” (Judges 6: 22-23, NLT). In the midst of what was likely abject terror, God spoke words of comfort and assurance to Gideon. Out of that experience, Gideon received the revelation that “the LORD is peace.”

God does not only give peace. He is peace. And I am reminded of a truth shared by Ann Voskamp in her book, The Greatest Gift, “God gives God.” He gives us who He is.

In addition, to Judges 6, examples of this truth are found in verses such as Psalm 71:5 (AMP), “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth, ” and Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength…”

Prayer

Father, this Advent season, may we have a fresh understanding of the truth that You give who You are. May it sink deep into our spirits. Also, help us to remember that You, LORD are peace and everything else that we need.

Advent Week 2: Day 5 PEACE

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 On the evening of that day, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.”

 So they sent the crowd home and took Him with them in the little boat in which He had been sitting, accompanied by other small craft. Then came a violent squall of wind which drove the waves aboard the boat until it was almost swamped. Jesus was in the stern asleep on the cushion. They awoke Him with the words, “Master, don’t you care that we’re drowning?”

And He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Hush now! Be still!” The wind dropped and everything was very still.

“Why are you so frightened? What has happened to your faith?! He asked them.

But sheer awe swept over them and they kept saying to each other, “Who ever can He be?—even the wind and the waves do what He tells them!” (Mark 4:35-41, PHILLIPS)

 

 

Advent Week 2: Day 4 PEACE

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Advent Week 2: Day 3 PEACE

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Advent Week 2: Day 2 PEACE

 

 

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As I read Isaiah 26:3, I am reminded that trust and peace are companions but this relationship is guaranteed only when my trust is in God. When I am fully trusting Him, I will experience His peace, regardless of my circumstances or the size of the challenges which I face. This does not mean that I will not hurt or suffer wrenching loss; however, as I depend on Him and trust Him fully, I will experience His peace. He will give His peace to me. This is not wishful thinking. It is His promise and He always keeps His word.

Prayer

Father, it pleases You when I trust You. And You have promised to give me Your peace when I do. This Advent season (and always), help me to keep my attention on You. Even in the midst of all that is difficult and wars to take my eyes off of You, let me trust You. Give me the desire and the ability to do so. In Jesus Name.

 

Advent Week 2: The Peace of Advent

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Peace:*

  1. a state of tranquillity or quiet: as, a) freedom from civil disturbance; b) a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
  2. freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  3. harmony in personal relations
  4. a) a state or period of mutual concord between governments; b) a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

These definitions of peace highlight that peace falls into two broad categories: intrapersonal peace (inner peace); and interpersonal peace (between individuals and broader communities locally, state wide, nationally, and between nations).
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word made flesh is the Prince of Peace. All forms of peace.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

I know I have been guilty of limiting His domain as the Prince of Peace to intrapersonal peace and peace between individuals. Perhaps you are guilty of this misperception also. But He is the Prince of all peace. All peace.
This second week of Advent, I will focus on peace primarily through sharing Scripture verses about peace. Through His written Word, we have the assurance that the Prince of Peace wants us to have His peace in all circumstances and makes it possible for us to do so.

Prayer

Father, there is so much pain, devastation, hopelessness, and despair in our world. And even during this Advent season, there can be much of the same within us. But it is Your desire that we know Your peace in all situations and all seasons of life. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior, give us the desire and the ability to turn from the hustle and distractions around us and focus on You, so that we may experience Your peace. In Jesus Name.

*Merriam-Webster