Devotions

Peace Rules

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 

The Oconee County Sheriff’s department has a good sense of humor. They often have a witty response when fielding too many over the top questions. I remember a message they sent out that said "We have no information as to why the helicopter is flying above Colham Ferry Road. Feel free to make up your own conspiracy theory.” It’s clear that they were getting lots of phone calls from concerned citizens. When we don't know what’s going on, we tend to struggle. We like to know things because we think that helps us have some control. Life’s uncertainties often breed doubt, but you can’t battle anxious feelings with more anxious feelings. And having all the information doesn’t guarantee peace either. We need someone who actually knows something about peace. We need Jesus. 

Long before he was born, Jesus was called the Prince of Peace. It’s a unique title only he can bear. On the night of his birth, a multitude of angels appeared to local shepherds and the angels were praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” Peace comes to us from Jesus. The shepherds were shocked by what they heard, but it didn’t take long for faith and wonder to overcome their fear. Hearing good news and praising God floods a heart with gratitude and fear drains away in the presence of the Lord.  

Our days will continue to have some uncertainty, but I’m certain our Lord can help. Peace is a gift given to us in and through Jesus Christ. He came to restore broken relationships, redeem sinners and offers us the blessed assurance of everlasting life. Welcome his presence to calm your fears and be sure to hold tight to his promises. Remember Jesus said he will always be with us. Our circumstances whether good or bad are temporary, but our connection to Jesus is eternal. May the Prince of peace rule in our hearts today and forever. 

Christmas Hope

“and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:7 

This Sunday, we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and we will light the candle of “Hope.”  For me, hope is a word that is filled with much possibility. As a Christian, hope reminds us of the power of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. There are times when I need to remember that hope is what allows us to move forward in times of struggle and despair. 

Our hope is fulfilled in Christ. Mary had no idea what would become of her life when she wrapped her first born in cloths and placed him in a manager. However, because of her obedience to God, we have all been given the gift of hope.  

On the days when I encounter situations that challenge me in my faith journey, I seek the scriptures that offer hope. Hope in my future, hope in the things I cannot change, and hope in all things good because I know that in Christ all things are possible.  

I pray that you will seek Christ throughout this Advent season. In doing so, I pray you will remain a hopeful child of God and share the love and grace of Jesus Christ in this world. 

Posted by Betsy Butler
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