P – Peace —> School shootings at home, beheadings abroad. Political unrest around the world, natural disasters, family disputes, rebellious children. Where do you find peace in this life?
The coming Messiah was given the title Prince of Peace. Jesus himself said, “Peace, I leave with you.” And then, there are those verses in Psalms that say God blesses His people with peace. If this is true, why do most people fail to experience peace?
Most people assume peace is the absence of conflict. While that is a form of peace, it isn’t the peace that Jesus spoke of or that the angels used in greeting the shepherds.
I love the verse in Isaiah that says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” God knows we are sinful creatures living in a sin-rotted world. The absence of conflict isn’t going to happen in this place. But, still He promises His love and His peace. In the middle of all the chaos, we can trust in Him.
When Jesus promised to leave peace, He clarified that His wasn’t the same as the world’s definition. He also said, “In this world you will have tribulation.” How can peace and trouble exist in the same place? Whether our conflict is internal or external, big or small, we can have confidence that the Prince of Peace is in control of our current circumstance. He offers peace in the here and now and peace in eternity. How do we find it? Simple. Love and keep His rules, his commandments.
The angels greeted shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth. A multitude joined in singing, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace…” The angels knew that true peace comes from knowing Christ. With the Messiah’s birth came the opportunity for men, women, and children to be a peace with God and at peace with one another. The Prince of Peace was born to bring peace to all mankind.
Is. 9:6, Jn. 14:27, Is. 54:10, Ps. 119:165, Ps. 85:8, Luke 2:14