Peace is elusive in the the world today.
International conflicts raise tensions in far away places. Financial or health uncertainties steal peace of mind. The caregiver of a terminally ill person wonders how much longer must the loved one suffer. An embittered spirit and lack of forgiveness builds walls between people.
The hectic Christmas season increases stress and exhaustion from a packed schedule and over extended resources.
Would a message of peace help?
Over 2000 years ago, an astonishing announcement resonated through the heavens to reach earth.
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14.
The angels interrupted the ordinary night of the shepherds with the proclamation of a deeper, more lasting cessation of conflict than anything offered by the government—a calmness of mind and soul made possible by the Prince of Peace.
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, made a way for us to reach God.
The message of peace reaches us today, because we have reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ.
Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. Romans 5:1 NIV
Focus on the Lord for true peace.
Once we have peace with God, the challenge is keeping our focus on the Lord, not distressing problems.
Corrie ten Boom knew the peace of God, as she said,
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”
Isaiah 26:3 has encouraged my weary heart many times. When I received my first cancer diagnosis, I sought God for peace. Through prayer, I gave him my questions and fears. He took them in exchange for his deep calmness of soul in the midst of the uncertainty. The Prince of Peace calmed my anxious heart.
The proclamation of Christmas peace spans the centuries to our current day.
Not only can we have a new relationship with God, but he offers us peace in circumstances every day when we look to him.
Will you celebrate the Prince of Peace in your heart and find rest for your soul?