For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV
As we prepare our hearts for the second week of Advent, we will reflect on peace that only God can bestow through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah prophesied that a child would be born, that the government would rest on His shoulders, and He would be called Prince of Peace. This prophecy was fulfilled for God’s Word says, Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11.
The Messiah did not come as a warrior or powerful figure, but as a child, and lived His life as the perfect example of peace.
This time of year we join together to sing songs of “peace on earth, good will to men,” yet struggle with the reality of political unrest, war, and terrorism in our world. Many unsettling events have recently happened that make us pause and question, will there ever be peace?
Even though the troubles of this world seem endless, we can be certain that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, He will lead us through them.
It is in this season that we are reminded that peace can only come from Jesus Christ. He is our supplier and our eternal hope. One day when He returns, He will restore peace everlasting as our Prince of Peace.
Revelation 21:3-4 says, Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning or crying, or pain.
This is the peace our hearts long for, what we are waiting for.
God is who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do. We may not live in a world filled with peace now, but one day we will. God is with us yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
As we pray for peace in our world and in our nation, pray for God’s name to be glorified and for those who do not have the peace of Jesus, to be drawn to Him, Mighty God and Prince of Peace.
May you find peace in Jesus this season!
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Are you living in a state of fear? Have you asked your Heavenly Father to fill you with peace that only He can give?
Dear Father, thank you for your Word that reminds us that you are sovereign, and that one day you will return to usher in peace everlasting. As we wait for that day, fill us with the peace only you can provide. Amen
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