“…Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”.” Luke 2:8-14 KJV.
Peace is something we all need. Whether you are educated or not, rich or poor, young or old, a believer or not; we all have moments of stress and anxiety.
- If you are poor, you are concerned about having nothing to eat. If you are rich, you are afraid of being robbed.
- The healthy is worried about getting sick; the sick worries about dying.
- Peace is a universal need and God has an answer for it.
The Word of God tells us these 3 things:
- Peace is a GIFT from God; it comes from God. He was born and laid in manger and given to us as a GIFT. From the words of Jesus and Phil 4, peace comes from God.
- Peace is God’s will for us; God does not want us to live in fear or worry. It is God’s desire for us to experience His peace, which transcends all understanding. Jesus said in Matt 6:25ff. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
- God gives us peace in the midst of trouble. It is Peace even in the midst of eventualities, pandemic, the machete welding goons and terrorists and elections which are full of malpractices – In all that our God reigns.
- Can there be peace in a calm, safe and stable environment, where every need is met? Yes! If you still have a job or business you may be in an oasis of peace and tranquility – surely you have a sense of peace. You don’t need to explain. It is natural.
- But the peace that God gives goes beyond this – it “transcends all understanding.” We may not fully comprehend it because it does not come from what surrounds us.
- It is not the result of the environment we are in or the people we are with. It comes from God; it is the peace that we experience even in the midst of all the problems. Philippians 4:7
- Only God can give us such a peace. It comes from Him.
- Jesus says “Peace I leave with you; MY PEACE I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Let us learn to trust God at all times.
- It is our portion today. We can claim it. It’s meant for us. We want HIS PEACE!
There are TWO practical things we can do:
- Pray And Entrust To God – don’t carry your burdens ALONE.
Jesus says in Matt 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
- It is not God’s intention for us to handle life on our own.
- Paul says do not be anxious about ANYTHING – not even ONE. And then he adds, BUT in EVERYTHING – present your requests to God. Phil 4:6
- No distinction about BIG or SMALL, IMPORTANT or TRIVIAL. Everything needs to be presented to God. As long as you are disturbed by it, tell it to God. Off-load it to God.
- Don’t carry it alone. That will be the surest way of losing your peace.
The description is not even a division of labor – God does a little, and we do a little. He will take care of this, and we will take care of that.
- It is ALL to Him and nothing upon me. All to Jesus I surrender. He is LORD, we’re just stewards.
- This is actually giving God His due honor. He is the boss. We magnify the Lord when we entrust our life issues to Him.
It is a CHOICE we make. We CAST our cares on Him when we PRAY.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” If you actually prayed what these verses say and listened for God’s response, how would it change the way you treat others? Philippians 4:6
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Don’t slow down. Continue doing good! Take a daily dose of His Word. This will help you to reframe your reality.
The Theme of the Year 2022: Is taken from Jeremiah 30:22, “And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
- I encourage to do whatever it takes to see to it that you can sustain yourself and family but also be able to contribute towards the building of His Church.
- Due to regulations of not being allowed to hold Overnights due to Covid – 19 challenge, I request you to PRAY in your homes on the eve of the New Year.
- Finally, be vigilant and keep the SOPs and all modalities that were given to us to curb Covid-19 because it keeps on changing variants.
We wish all our Cultural, Religious and National Leaders of Uganda a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Yours in the Master’s Service,
The Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira
THE BISHOP OF NAMIREMBE DIOCESE