Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC
Tuesday, December 22, Morning
By Elaine Doss
Yearning for Heavenly Peace
Read Isaiah 9, Hebrews 12
Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned … For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Advent is a time of expectant waiting when we are asked to pause and focus on the birth and life of our Prince of Peace. Do you yearn for heavenly peace?
Scripture teaches us there will always be peace-disrupting trouble in this world and instructs us to keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. When we devote our lives to Christ, we are blessed with His presence walking with us. With every troublesome trial we face we can choose to be guided through it by our Wonderful Counselor, embarking on a journey to discovering His heavenly peace. Peace from the one who loved us so much he endured the agony of the cross to atone for our sins. We are to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Walking with Jesus, we are never alone in the journey.
Loving God, I yearn for peace and purpose in the depths of my soul. Holy Spirit, teach me your ways for living and praying as I read and apply scripture in my daily walk with you. Help me to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ’s example. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit so that I am shining with the Light of Christ and radiating your love, joy, and peace toward others. Let your power energize and strengthen me to join your spiritual army and stand against the schemes of the Evil One so that I will not stumble and fall. I humbly pray this in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.