Hello! I just finished up the Good Morning Girls‘ Advent Study, and it was awesome! I got a little behind, but ended up finishing it yesterday. The last verse is John 14:27 —
“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, nor let it be fearful.”
There is so much that could be said, but I focused in on the world’s peace, which rests in men. Looking up the Greek word that’s translated as “world,” I found that in addition to meaning exactly that, it also has a connotation of decoration and adornment. It made me think of dressing up, of keeping up appearances. What the world offers is only skin deep. Locks, seatbelts, baby monitors, railings, alarm systems, bank accounts, fraud alerts, security cameras, medicine, hospitals, first responders, guards, clean water, FDA, CDC, FEMA, FBI, warning labels, medical alert bracelets, insurance, road signs, speed limits, laws. These give some level of peace, but they’re all external. They can — and do — all fail on occasion. Only the peace of Christ surpasses all of these. What the world gives is false, incomplete, an illusion. It’s when we put all our trust in the world’s peace that we’re the most susceptible to being shattered when it fails. Praise the Lord that He sent His Son, the Prince of Peace, whose true peace surpasses all understanding!
How blessed are we who love Him, for He first loved us. Merry, Merry Christmas.
Be a Blessing,