During the last few days of this Advent season I have felt a quiet peace settle over my spirit. It didn’t start out that way, tho. Far from it!! The past year I’ve struggled with health issues, a daunting neurosurgery, grief, finances, relationship issues, just to name a few. And like most people, the turbulent world events didn’t do much to calm my fears. As my concern for the health of the people I know and love grew, racial injustice, protests, the country seemingly divided, wildfires, toiletpaper and food shortages, and more natural disasters occurred, I often found my emotions like fear, anxiety, and helplessness started to take over. I couldn’t sleep many nights. So in March, I decided to dig deeper into my faith. Worship, prayer, scripture memorization, and fellowship (mostly online) with other believers. 2020 has been an unprecedented year for so many.
Our already broken world looks all the more broken. Or maybe we just realized it had been that way all along when we were thrust into our homes, and life as we knew it ground to a screeching halt. WORLDWIDE.For some, it seemed hopeless. Maybe for some it’s looking that way again. So how can I have peace during times like these? It starts with one of my favorite verses. Hebrews 6:¹⁹ “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, (A)and which enters the Presence behind the veil,”. See, before Messiah came, God had been sort of inaccessible to His people. He dwelt in tabernacle. The Holy of Holies. His people had to live under the law. But when God took on human flesh and came into the world as a helpless baby (in a stable, no less!!), GRACE took over law. And His message was peace, hope, and love. So what does “Seek me and live”, “love one another”, and “hope as an anchor” look like in light of Christmas and hope?
It’s in the very nature of God. God cannot lie or change. He is this very hope that anchors our soul. That calms the storms, or weathers them with us. Our very trust in God’s infinite grace, mercy, and love is what will carry us through these uncertain times. We can lean into Him and seek to live in the way He has charged us. To love (fully, without condition). Putting Him first, but also living out love. And I’m not just talking about family and friends. I’m not even talking about strangers. Jesus made it crystal clear when He said in Matthew 5:⁴⁴, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”. It’s only then that we are actively putting our trust in Him. Our Emmanuel (God with us). Our Saviour. Jesus.-
– Donna Hawkins – Author, Encourager, Intercessor