Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. — Luke 2:14

December brings peace. Or at least, it's supposed to, according to the Christmas card photos and television messages. During this month, we're supposed to set aside differences, love everyone, and just be happy. It's all so warm and fuzzy.

But peace isn't a Hollywood-generated theme that goes away when the movie—or the month—is over. Peace is a real, almost tangible quality God sends to those He favors. It has less to do with our circumstances than with our relationship with our Father.

Think about it. We can find ourselves in a serene mountain resort with soft music in the background, luxurious furnishings, and servants to cater to our whims. But if our own thoughts aren't at rest with out Creator, we won't have peace. Or we can be in the middle of a battlefield, bullets and cannons zinging overhead, yet with the knowledge that we're not alone, that God is with us and He'll take care of things. Right there, we can have peace.

God's peace is a gift He gives to those He favors. And He favors those who love Him with their whole hearts and who want to please Him. Next time we find ourselves needing peace, we can simply focus on our relationship with our Father. Despite our circumstances, the closer we are to God, the more we will find our spirits are at peace.

Let's pray:

Dear Father, I want to live in Your favor so I can know Your peace. Amen.