“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Beloved of God:
Too often when people speak of peace in this world we are referring to nothing more than a momentary pause in the hustle and hostilities of our everyday lives. What’s truly sad about this understanding of peace, is that we live in a world where we don’t pause anymore — not even for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. What should be a time of respite, has turned into one of the most hectic and stress-filled times of the year. Surely, when the heavenly host sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests,” they must have been singing about something more than a mere pause.”
The peace that the angels announced at the birth of Christ is a lasting peace. It is a peace that “rests,” lingers and abides. It is the peace Jesus talked about when he said, “peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…” (John 14:27).” It is the same peace Isaiah spoke of when he said, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,” (Isaiah 26:3). It is the peace that Paul talked about when he said, “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
This peace comes as a gift of God’s favor (or grace); and it comes not as a momentary pause, but to rest for ever more upon those who, by grace, receive His Son.