Monthly Archives: December 2013

Experiencing the Prince of Peace

nativity“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry, because I never undertake any more work than I can get through with perfect calmness of spirit.” – John Wesley

There may be no reminder more timely than the quote above especially during the holiday season. The next few weeks for most of us will be incredibly busy and will require intense discipline and focus to navigate it successfully. Because we know the Prince of Peace, we can be assured that His peace is still available for those who will claim it, no matter how much “in haste” we may seem during the holidays.

Paul, writing to the Philippians, reminds us to “…Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Notice that he doesn’t mention our bodies here. There are times where we will be physically exhausted but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have peace. This is one of the things that makes peace “supernatural”.

Anyone can experience tranquility sitting quietly beside the seashore, but peace can be experienced in the midst of a storm and yes, sometimes in a flurry of activity if our hearts and minds are focused on what is ultimate—God himself. Much like real joy, peace goes deeper into the soul. Peace is ultimately knowing that you matter to God and letting God matter to you. Happiness and tranquility are circumstantial, but peace and joy can be experienced regardless of the circumstances.

So, in the flurry of the season, much like Wesley, let’s not be afraid to be in haste, but let’s not be so hurried that we miss the nearness of God and the significance of the season.

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