For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
When Isaiah prophesied about Jesus’ birth, he made it clear that Jesus will be our Prince of Peace. Many centuries later, Jesus was born. He started His public ministry by preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God. Jesus made it clear to His audience what it looks like when God is in charge of our lives. He admonished people to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. He explained that all the things people generally lose their peace over would be added to their lives.*
Jesus was very intentional to teach people about the Kingdom of God. He wanted them to see the contrast between where God rules and where He does not. At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus spent some time focusing on the issue of peace.
‘I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.’ John 14:27–29 (NLT)
The Prince of Peace left His followers with the gift of peace. He told them not to be afraid of what was happening around them. Paul, the apostle, picked up the same theme in his writings to the Roman church. He reminded them that God’s Kingdom is a peaceful kingdom:
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 (NLT)
I know that I want to live a life of goodness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to go through today with my heart troubled and afraid. I can only imagine that you would want the same kind of life. Why don’t you ask Holy Spirit to help you and your family to live a life of goodness, peace, and joy? Let’s agree to live a life where God is in charge so that He can bring about those desirable qualities. Where God rules, peace will be evident. Jesus made sure to leave the gift of peace to His followers on earth.
Finally, Job provided us with a caution that we will do well to remember:
Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. Job 22:21–22 (NLT)
Will you surrender to God? If you surrender to Him, you can have the peace you desire.
- Are you feeling troubled and afraid of some things?
- Remind yourself that Jesus came and left us the gift of peace.
- Holy Spirit can empower us to live a good life, a peaceful life.
- Why don’t you take a moment to talk to the Lord about your situation? Ask Him to rule and reign as King over those troubling details you face right now.
- You will be so much more peaceful if you can trust Him to help you!
* See Matthew 6:33.
Excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: