A Promise of Peace
As Christmas approaches, let's take one last look at the promises in Isaiah 9:6:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
He is our Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and now we will see He is the Promise and Prince of Peace.
My husband said it like this:
"The Prince Of Peace… Captain of Security. The leader that we long for. He’s not about power, or position or His selfish ambition. He’s our Governor working for our good, our health, our prosperity, our peace. Not only are His intentions pure, but He can deliver! We can fully rest while He’s at the wheel. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother. And in His name all oppression shall cease.* He is The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah's prophesy continued: “His dominion will grow continually, and to peace there will be no end on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and sustain it with justice and righteousness now and forever.” Isaiah 9:7 (LEB)
Jesus promised, "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 (NIV) "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." John 16:33 (NIV)
As we quietly await the coming of Christmas and the beginning of a new year, rest in His peace today. The world can give us a lot of things. Boy, did we ever see that in 2020. But, only Jesus can give us true and lasting peace.
If you have no idea how to find His peace, start by taking a moment. Find a quiet place and open up your Bible. John 1:1 describes Jesus as "the Word" himself. He can be found throughout all of the pages of scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) and will speak peace to your soul.
I pray that your Christmas and the New Year will be filled with His peace.
*from O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam, 1847
*photo by Jonathon Meyer on Unsplash