Isaiah 9:6 AMP
“For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Peace. An absence of the chaos, agitation and discord that tries to rule our lives. But the word doesn’t just convey an absence of; it doesn’t leave the space empty and void. This Hebrew word, “shalom” is the filling, the completeness, the wholeness our souls truly long for. It is that condition of life that we all have a sense, should be. Life marked by a sense of health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest & harmony.
Yes, we can experience it. We can feel it. That inner calm that shalom brings. But peace is so much more than just a temporary feeling of…euphoria. Having true peace is being able to look across the landscape of our lives and being able to see it actively governing each area. Because peace is an authority. And the only One qualified to rule – the only One able to guard against that which would come against peace – the only One able to usher in true peace is Jesus Himself, the Prince of Peace.
Today I am taking time to assess any area(s) where I don’t see peace ruling and reigning. I’m taking those words that describe peace and holding them up as I x-ray and examine my life against them. If I’m doing something to sabotage peace or contribute to the chaos? I yield. If maybe something is coming against me by intrusion? I’m asking the Prince of Peace to come and establish His full reign. If there’s any area where instead of soundness, fullness & welfare, I instead see chaos, confusion, or lack? I say, “let your Kingdom come.”
Don’t settle for a temporary experience of peace, friends. Peace is one of the primary characteristics of the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s not just a warm-fuzzy feeling. It’s an inner sense of well-being and it’s one of the primary evidences that the Kingdom has come into our lives in power and strength. This type of true peace is available to us all. And it’s accessed by doing exactly what today’s passage in Isaiah said,
“His name shall be called…”