Do you ever feel like the world is out of control? I know some folks who won’t even listen to the news because of all the terrible and scary events being reported. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our Lord want us to have peace?
The Lord is all about peace. In 2 Thess. 3:16 it says “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Peace is included in the fruit of the Spirit. In John 14:27 Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
What kind of peace does the world give?
The world dictates that our peace exists if our money is good, our debt is down, our career is growing, our health is great, and our children are successful. It is constantly checking to see if we are “happy.” If everything lines up – then we can have peace.
Really? I don’t know about you but there has never been a time when
everything in my life has lined up in the “good & happy” column. There was always something or someone stepping into the “OH NO” column.
Jesus knew life would be full of struggles. He even told the multitudes to consider the lilies. They were clothed and dressed in finery that out shone the richest king in history (Luke12: 27). He reminded them that their heavenly Father knew what they needed and would provide for them.
Peace has a lot to do with your focus. If you are constantly taking inventory and analyzing that your life in not filled with peace, ask why?
What picture comes to mind when you think of peace? Perhaps a baby nestled in the arms of a loving mom. Perhaps it’s a shepherd delighting in carrying his weary sheep on his shoulders. Perhaps it is freedom from nagging problems that overwhelm and dishearten you.
Jesus told his disciples before the most traumatic day of his life that he had peace for them in John 16:33. It is obvious that peace cannot be based upon happy circumstances. That is not what Jesus was talking about.
He had everything under control even though he would die on that cross. He was still able to shepherd and care for his disciples. He could make them bold and passionate. He was able to give them “peace.” It is based upon the Almighty God of the universe who really does have everything under control. Knowing God brings peace because we can rest in Him and trust Him. He truly is the prince of peace. –