Crossroads: Peace

Luke 1:68-79

Your Story

Talk about a time when God gave you peace. Did your situation change or simply your attitude?

My Story and the Bible Story

Peace is a funny thing. We pray for peace in a world full of violence. We pray for peace in times of trouble. We pray for peace in times of stress. We pray for peace in times of worry. And at first glance, we think that peace means that our situation changes. The world puts down its weapons. Trouble ceases. Stress disappears. The things that worry us change. And yet, most of the time, this isn’t what happens. Trouble continues. Our stress remains a constant. The circumstances that worry us don’t change. But something happens. We still have peace. We have peace from God, a peace that reminds us that God is there and will take whatever happens and use it to make something good come from it. It is the peace of knowing that we don’t have to be in control, because God is so much bigger than we are.

I am a worrier. I worry about small things, like being late or missing something. And I worry about big things. And my worrying only gets worse. When I worry, I think of all the things that could go wrong. And then I worry even more. It’s a cycle that I get stuck in. And I find myself worrying about everything. And yet, if I will let go of my worries and pray for peace, something amazing happens. The things I was worried about don’t change, but my attitude does. God gives me peace. God helps me see that everything is going to be okay, because God’s love is bigger than anything else. God reminds me that I’m not in control and that’s okay. God calms my worries and he sets me on the path of peace.

Read Luke 1:68-79. From the NIV: Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

This is the prophecy of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. He knew that salvation was coming, and that his son, John, would prepare the way for the Lord. John would go on to teach the people about their need for salvation, and that one was coming who would save them. The one who was coming would forgive our sins because of the mercy of God, and would guide our feet into the path of peace. And we know that the one who was coming was Jesus. Through Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Through Jesus we see God’s mercy. And God guides our feet onto the path of peace. So when you worry, remember that Jesus came to save us. He also came to bring us peace. God’s peace doesn’t mean our situations will change. But it means that God changes our attitudes. God reminds us that God is there. And that God’s mercy will guide us on the path of peace.

Discussion and Prayer

• Give each family member time to talk about the things they are worried about.
• Talk about how God can help us when we are worried.
• Practice asking God for peace whenever you are worried this week.
Pray, asking God for peace in the midst of your worries.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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