For December 12, 2021
Many social causes clamor for our attention today. Many offer a peace and love though social change. I can remember an age when popular songs promised of a new world where peace and love would reign supreme in the hearts of people everywhere.
Perhaps these ideals are to help us cope with hatred and conflict we experience daily around the world. Or perhaps it is our way of conjuring up a mental place where we can celebrate peace and serenity as our constant standard of living.
Due to our human frailty, the promise of world peace—although appealing—can never be a lasting human proposition. Our sin and selfishness tend to skew our peace and love towards self-service or quid pro quo behavior.
I praise God for the angel who announced to the shepherds nearly two-thousand years ago, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Then, with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host began praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!1
The Lord is not willing that anyone should perish. Instead, He desires that all of us become the beneficiaries of His grace so that we can live in harmony with Him forever in Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.2
True peace can only be found in the Prince of Peace—Jesus Christ. For only He can change human hearts in ways that allow us to peacefully live in peace with God and with one another, just as He promises in John 14:27 (NKJV),
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Lord is faithful, and He continues to provide us with His everlasting peace, which never ceases to satisfy the deep longings of the human soul. Won’t you surrender to Him and experience His everlasting peace and goodwill?
What a wonderful Savior!