As we approach the Christmas Holiday it would be easy to look at the present condition of our world and say “Where is God in all of the trouble?” “If the angels proclaimed peace on earth and good will toward men where is it?” Good question. The answer must lie, not in how peace will come to the earth but how it is imparted to individuals.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was not looking for peace in the future by the mere stroke of a pen upon legislative paper or a mass movement aimed at changing laws but peace to him was something that had to be possessed by individuals before it could come to the world at large. As I pondered this it came to me that there is peace on earth and good will toward men! It may not be en-mass but it is alive and well in the hearts and lives of men and women who have the prince of peace in their lives. This is the inner peace that will carry you through the most difficult of times. It will give you a calm in the middle of a storm. It will bring tranquility to your heart so that you can give good will to others.
A year ago, I was at the local Wally Mart and as people were going here and there looking for gifts I heard a little boy singing a Christmas carol loud enough for those of us busy people to hear as we passed by. I thought to myself, “He likes Christmas!” Frankly, I do too. I felt like stopping to listen or even joining in with him but I kept on walking dutifully following my wife down this isle and that. Maybe I should have stopped, maybe we all need to stop and sing with the little boy or girl once in a while and learn to experience the peace they express a little more. Maybe in the hustle and bustle of the day we will see Jesus standing by waiting to give peace to us as he does the little ones.
Do you know someone who is not happy at this time of the year? Send them a little good will and help to bring about peace on the earth in your little corner. Don’t have peace for yourself? I have written a study titled “Finding Happiness” that may be of interest to you or a friend. You can have peace in your heart. Our world needs peace and they can find it through the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas and may there be peace and good will in your world not just during the Holidays but everyday of the year!
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Here is the weekly inspirational scripture.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14