Advent 3.6: Peace Through Life’s Storms

Light all three purple candles.
Read: Philippians 4:6-9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Another aspect of Christ’s coming is the peace He brings inside our hearts. This peace I refer to is neither the peace of salvation nor the peace that comes between neighbors, but instead the peace that comes in the midst of life’s storms. Paul writes to the believers in Philippi that whenever anxieties and worries come upon them, they should react with prayer. Give up your cares before God and He will take them from you. And the benefit of such action will be peace — a peace that passes all understanding.

There is great peace when we are in communion with God. And we are in communion with Him when we are both talking and walking with Him. So next time a life storm rumbles on your doorstep, follow the advice given in today’s passage. Take it to the Lord in prayer and rest in His perfect peace.

— Be God’s!

Sample Prayer

“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. We who were once alienated from You by our sin have now been reconciled to You through the blood of Your Son. And now He is our peace both pertaining to salvation and to life. We thank you for this peace in His holy name. Amen.“