The Prince of Peace sounds like such a profound name of God. It’s a name that seems more like a title than it does a characteristic of the Almighty. Yet when studied out further one will see that peace is just as much of who God is as Jehovah-jireh or Jehovah-rohi that we learned as we studied during weeks one and two.
Prince of Peace isn’t just a grand title given to the Son of God. It depicts His very nature – who He is and what He stands for. He didn’t come to this world to condemn it but to bring peace and to save those who are lost.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV
God doesn’t want us to be burdened down with the cares, trials, and tribulations of this world. He never intended us to be overcome by fear and anxiety. He has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Are we given a life free from these things just because we are Christians? Certainly not. But we don’t have to become crippled by fear and worry because of them.
All one has to do is open up the news and see all of the fear surrounding this day and age. Every other week it seems as if ISIS is attacking, Christians are being jailed and fined for their religious liberties, family members are murdering other family members or innocent women are being murdered in their own homes at random. There is no doubt that we are living in a sin sick world, which grows darker and darker with each passing year. Too often, we chose fear over peace.
It only takes someone near and dear to your heart to be diagnosed with an incurable disease or cancer to shake your faith. When given a difficult medical diagnoses many people turn to bitterness and anger towards God, questioning His will. We go to the doctors and the specialists seeking hope while we leave God on the back burner until we are at the end of our rope. We choose panic over peace.
It is when we choose to focus on the negative and the fear of the “what-ifs”, that we begin to slip into anxiety over the future. It is when we begin to doubt that God is in control over it all, that we choose panic over the unknown. It is when we give up the peace of God that passes all understanding, that we begin to lose our faith.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 KJV
Last year, my brother in law was in a life altering trucking accident. He was thrown through his truck’s window shield and nearly died, many times. He has spent the majority of this last year in the hospital enduring countless operations and currently lives in a rehab center. That is scary news to receive via text message at any time in your life.
Some situations automatically fill us with fear and anxiety. We don’t know what will happen so we become anxious. But the beauty of it all is that we do know the One who knows the future. We were able to choose peace in such a tragic event. So many Christians banded together and prayed for him for days (and months!!) while we didn’t know if he would pull through. With every new prayer request that came in, a praise followed right behind it of answered prayers. Knowing the God of the universe is at work in our lives and circumstances changes how you approach every situation that life throws at you. Peace is found in prayer. Peace is claimed through our faith.
Despite the fear of the unknown future, we can choose to embrace the peace of God. We can experience such peace throughout our trials and tribulations while having such joy through it all if only we would choose His peace.
We can only do this through God’s strength. Knowing that He will not give us more than we can handle. Knowing that He has overcome the world.
So when ISIS threatens more attacks, when innocent lives are taken or when that cancer diagnosis comes, we can choose peace. We can choose His peace, the Prince of Peace.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 KJV
After reading this verse, I had the song ‘Faith is the Victory…that overcomes the world” stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Such a happy song that we can meditate on! No matter how scary and sinful this world gets faith is the victory, we have already won!
Your turn! Are you choosing peace or are you bogged down by the fear and anxiety in this life? How can I pray for you this week? I’d love to connect with you so let me know in the comments!
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