Advent Devotional Series 2019 – Day 17

Luke 1:67-80 

Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:

‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us
    in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
    that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
    and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
    to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness
    before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
    the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.’

The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

To Guide Our Feet Into the Way of Peace by Angela

Jesus’s birth was the manifestation of peace. Peace is an action that reminds me of the quietness of God. The comfort, the stillness, the presence of God.

When I think of peace, it is an ongoing process. It is not just something that can be done only in a day or on one thing. Peace is a mindful decision, which has to be made on a minute, hourly, daily basis. A decision to be more focused on a place of peace with God. A decision to be more focused on Him and the purpose He has for my life.

To be focused on the troubles of life is not good and not helpful to a healthy life or walk with God. He speaks to me the most to remind me not to worry on what’s wrong and focus on Him and the process. Even if I don’t see or know what the outcome will be.

Peace is a mindful decision. Remember, it is an action.

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