Day 5 – Peace
 
If I said, “please get me a screwdriver,” your normal response might be, what kind “Flat head or Phillips?”  When you hear the word “peace” you might say “which type?”  Peace in my heart?  Peace with my spouse? Peace in the world?”  
 
Today’s focus: Peace with God.
 
Luke 2:14. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 
It was the birth announcement of the Christ (Messiah).  The angels said that the consequence of his coming was that a) God would be praised and b) people would have peace.  But not just any people would have peace. The peace is for those “on whom his favor rests.”  
 
Peace for those on whom his favor rests?  We get clarity for this enigmatic statement from Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” You and I are justified (put into a right relationship with God) because of our faith that Jesus is the Christ who died and rose for us.  Because of being justified (now favored by God) we have peace.  Not merely a “peaceful easy feeling” but peace with God.  Hold onto that brothers.  Through faith in Christ, you have peace with God.  You are a part of “those on whom his favor rests.”
 
This peace with God connects to your entire being!  But, often, you and I only let this peace touch a portion of our life. A simple illustration… When I am invited to a friend’s house he doesn’t ask me to talk over the fence.  He asks me inside.  I receive his hospitality.  I experience his friendship.  Through Christ, you and I have been invited to “God’s house.”   You and I don’t stand at God’s fence line.  You and I are invited inside.  His peace is not to be experienced from a distance.  His peace is a “come on in, pull up a chair, help yourself to something to eat and a drink” peace.  The coming of the Christ means that you and I can know all the richness and depth of God’s peace. 
 
Prayer suggestion:  “Lord, thank you that you don’t keep me on the edge.  Where do you want me to experience more of your peace these days?”