Thursday, January 3, 2008

His Peace

Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

Ever get anxious about anything? I do. Wish I didn’t. I know Jesus didn’t. He walked around in full trust of the Father, no matter what. He had intimacy with God, and He made time (sometimes praying all night) to spend with Him. Being in communion with God on a continual basis will bring you peace.

Jesus didn’t come to bring peace to the world (at least not the first time around) (see Matthew 10:34), but He did come to bring peace to the fretful soul. He came to get personal. Personal with your needs, your broken heart, your pain, your life. And He came to personally give you peace.

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27, NKJV)

That peace which He offers isn’t an empty greeting. The peace Jesus offers is real—tangible. He is the Prince of Peace and as such, when He speaks peace, He imparts it.

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39, NKJV)

I believe Jesus took His concerns to the Father, like Paul the Apostle later wrote:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV)

So, the key to being conformed to Christ’s image in peace is to have intimacy with the Father, handing your burdens over to Him. A great place to begin? Ask for the Prince of Peace to speak peace to your heart.


Michelle Reneee Kidwell said...

I know the feeling of getting anxious but the Lord remains with us through it all
God Bless

Annette M. Irby said...

You said it, Michelle. Thanks for reading.