Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.”
The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His (2 Chron. 16:9). All of us have a war within over things without alluring us. What is peace? Peace is when Christ fully establishes a heart in His ways by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible promises us that Christ can make our hearts resolute, fixed, strengthened in its desire to honor Him (1 Thess. 3:12-13).
Peace is the test by which the writers of Kings and Chronicles measured the kings of Judah and Israel. Sadly, we read in 1 Kings 11:4 that “as Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord.” Is there anything turning your heart from being fully devoted to God? Solomon started out well but fell away in the end, having a divided heart. When you read through Chronicles you see kings that started poorly but then ended well, as well as kings who were never fully devoted to the Lord.
In the Christmas story, we are reminded by the angel’s declaration that there is peace among people with whom Christ is pleased. Unlike other kings, Christ is a king who has overcome and thus He can cause you to increase and overflow in love for all people, establishing your heart blameless in holiness.
Has the war stopped in your heart? Has the strife ended? Are you giving glory to God in the highest? If not, humble your heart before the King, confess that which has your heart, and wholly devout yourself again to Him, cutting out His competitors. His peace will return.
Heavenly Father, I want to glory in you as the angels did upon the announcement of Christ the King coming to this earth. I pray you reveal anything in me that is not pleasing to you with a lack of peace. I want a heart resolute in bringing glory to your name. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.