Dec 9 - Seeking Peace

TODAY'S PASSAGE

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
— Psalm 85:1-2


TODAY'S DEVOTION

One of the names of Jesus we love so much is “Prince of Peace” because we all yearn for peace. Our world is full of anything but peace.  There are nations warring against each other for political reasons. There are people killing each other for religious reasons. In our own country, turmoil seems to abound. We are politically, racially, and economically divided. And perhaps worst of all, we are suspicious of the motives of others. We judge others by their actions, but ourselves by our intents. Depressing, right?

Today’s text is like the balm of Gilead for our souls. God tells us that He will speak peace over his people and His glory will fill the land! He also says “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Can you imagine better news than that? Let that sink in for a minute. Imagine a world in which those words are true! While only God can bring that to pass on a large scale, He asks us to be his “hands and feet” to accomplish it right here and right now! We can do that every day by seeking to bring love, faithfulness, righteousness and peace to every person with which we come into contact and into every place we go. Look for those opportunities today.


LET US PRAY

Eternal One, help us to carry out your heart’s desire by being peacemakers that spread love, faithfulness and righteousness to the people in our families, our community and our world! Amen.


TODAY'S AUTHOR

Ann McGraw (in red) is a member of First Baptist Church and serves in many ministries of the church. "During this season of advent, I am most looking forward to celebrating the birth of Christ with my church family and my own family."