TUESDAY 04 DECEMBER // My Shalom
Looking back at the description of peace, or shalom, from Sunday and its place in the Advent story, over the next five days we want to create space for you to reflect on what this might look like in the different arenas of life. Feel free to re-watch the ‘shalom’ video’, re-read any of the scripture verses referenced or look back at what you’ve written on your Advent calendar as many times this week as is helpful to you.
Shalom signifies the presence of wellbeing and harmony, as well as the absence of anxiety and stress regardless of circumstance. It doesn’t mean everything is going perfectly, but that we trust in the Prince of Peace to bring us back to wholeness despite everything happening around us.
We put a lot of our time, energy and effort into trying to manage things on our own. This hasn’t always worked out for humans… how may stories can you call to mind where someone tried to do things on their own and its gone array? Adam and Eve chose to eat the apple, Abraham gets impatient and tries to fulfill God’s promise for a son with Hagar, Jonah runs away from God’s call and ends up inside a giant fish… the list could go on forever.
This holiday season, when things can be frantic and tense, when there may be increased commitments and financial strain – what things and situations are you trying to manage in your own strength?
What would it look like if you were to adopt an attitude of peace, to trust that God is working for your good in all things (even if this may not look like what you had hoped for or imagined).
Read: Romans 8:5-6, 28
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Pray: Ask for a mind governed by the Spirit, for God’s peace over all situations this Christmas.
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about