How do you define “peace”? Smooth-flowing traffic? Quiet kids? Sleeping in? The dictionary defines peace as “the cessation of war and violence,” but there’s a problem with that. As Christians, we’re always in a war. When it comes to obtaining God’s peace, it’s not about ending war, it’s about going to war against the right thing: worry. If anybody had the right to be worried, it was Mary and Joseph, but they teach us a lot about God’s peace…
Peace is found when you trust in God’s plan.
There are so many details in Mary & Joseph’s story that we may be tempted to blow past. But the details remind us that just like there’s nothing too big for God, there’s also nothing too small for Him. He is in the details of our lives. Psalm 139 says that God has written every day of our lives in His book, before we’ve lived them out. You are an intricate and vital part of God’s plan. Trust that there is purpose in God’s plan.
God’s presence makes peace possible.
Maybe you think Mary had an advantage over you because Luke 1 says she had God’s favor. Good news! “Favor” is the same word as “grace” in the original language, so through Jesus, you have the same favor/grace that Mary had. “But they had angels with them,” somebody might say. I’d remind you that with Jesus, you have God in you! Since God is present, you can have peace.
Fearless faith is the pathway to perfect peace.
There is probably no more stressful situation that could have been put on a young couple than finding out about a supernatural pregnancy as they prepared to get married. The good news is, you don’t have to know how it’s going to work out when you know Who is working it out. Since the peace we are pursuing is illogical (“surpasses understanding”), it is only accessible by illogical steps of obedience.
Mary’s response to the angel should be our response to God in every situation:
“I am your servant. Let it be to me according to your word.”
If you want God’s peace to guard your heart, you have to trust that He will guard your path as you step out in obedience.
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