We wrestle with much when waiting stretches out beyond our expectation. I am all too aware of how often answers come in ways I don’t expect. Before Jesus was born, the Jews were holding tight to the promise that a savior was coming and would bring peace.
As people living under the oppression of Roman occupation, they were hungry, desperate, longing for peace. The zealots in particular were wanting to fight the violence and oppression with violence. They had an expectation of how peace would be achieved through the promise of the savior coming.
When Jesus comes on the scene, he does not achieve peace in the way many had hoped. And while some people received his message and trusted his way to be better, there were those that were disappointed and did not believe.
Jesus did not shout over the noise of opinion then and he won’t now. But what he did do was constantly point to the way of peace. Not only was he giving the answer to a hurting world then but also to a hurting world now. Jesus lived from a posture of peace and made it possible for us to do the same.
One of the best ways to live from a place of peace is to have a deep and resounding prayer life because Jesus won’t shout over the noise in our lives. Prayer postures us to humility and humility will always lead to peace. This posture of humility was the posture Jesus modeled.
“In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.” ~ Frederick Buechner
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
God, thank you for the peace you give that is never ending. Grant us the deeper understanding of your peace and help us to truly accept it as the incredible gift it is. May our hearts be a resting place for your peace and may we lean into the beautiful promise that you are with us always. Help us to posture our hearts before you and remain humble. Thank you that your promises never fail.