Advent Reflection: Peace

by: Courtney A. Hulsey

Peace is defined as: “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” But, let’s face it: our world is far from peaceful:  wars, violence, financial stress, and societal pressure.  How do we even begin to find ‘peace?’  When I ask myself this question, one word reverberates in my spirit: Jesus.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  In John, Jesus (after the Resurrection) says “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27 (NASB)

It is in Christ, through His Holy Spirit, that we find a freedom from disturbance that goes beyond what our five senses can experience.  I believe it is a profound stillness and faith within the deepest parts of our being.  Because we belong to Christ, we don’t have to be afraid.  We may not know what the future holds, but we are aware and can walk in the knowledge that we know who holds our future.  That knowledge; that faith brings peace, His peace.

During this season of Advent, we take pause to celebrate that God, in His unfathomable love, sent His Son to us.  He was born to a teenage girl, who didn’t fully understand what God was doing, but she had an inner stillness and faith to respond to the angel of the Lord, “may it be done to me according to your word.”

 We also wait with expectation for the second coming of Christ.  Even though the world is in turmoil and we do not fully understand what God is doing; let us dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)