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God is … The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

22 Sep

And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

What is peace?

Is it simply not having wars? That may be what the Jews at the time of Jesus thought. They wanted a Prince of Peace to come and free them from the Roman Empire. And God can do that no doubt. But they were looking for a political figure, a warrior or a rebel that would come up from God and lead them to victory as a nation.

For me when I read about God being the Prince of Peace, I think more of another part of the definition of peace – cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension. You know, the Peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

I’m kind of a mess mentally

That’s not very fun to write, but it’s even worse to live. I let the worries of this world get in my way. I let them stop me from enjoying the moment, from letting my boys grow comfortably without a helicopter mom, and my husband from having me second guess him. I live in worry.

I strive to know Him more

The peace of the Lord is one of the things that I long for most. I have glimpses of it, and it’s glorious. To be able to fully rely on God. Trusting that no matter what everything I do is in His hands and will work for His glory. Amazing.

So what does it take to have this Peace that surpasses all understanding? 

Ok – truthfully this is coming from a girl that doesn’t always get it, but not because I couldn’t. God’s promises are always true. I could have that peace right now. It’s available to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. I trust the Lord. I love Him, but then… then I take things back. I think I should be able to handle them. That God doesn’t want to be bothered. I lie to myself and say but this isn’t important enough for Him to focus on (disregarding the fact that He can do infinitely more than I can, all at the same time). His peace is available for us if we let go of the worries.

Do we stop working or striving to get better?

Whenever I’ve had a conversation like this before (usually with women who are pretty in control of their lives), the next question is – how do I do that and keep working and raising my family. How do I get rid of the worry and stress. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m not perfect at this – especially if you ask my boys. But I think the key is to keep our eyes on the prize. Keep our eyes on Christ and that all things on this earth are temporary. We’re going to heaven one day, and all of this will be in the past.

So put off your old ways – work hard, but leave the results up to God. Spend time with him, pray, read the Bible and soak in the peace. Stop and Breathe. Allow the Lord to work his peace that surpasses all understanding in your life today and heaven tomorrow (ok, not literally tomorrow – I don’t want you to die tomorrow).

How would having peace that surpasses all understanding change your life? 

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in God is the Prince of Peace, Isaiah

 

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7 responses to “God is … The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

  1. Judy Bussemeier

    September 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I would not be anxious or worry about anything. I know that God is in control of my life and I am not. Each time I start to worry, I turn my worry into prayer.

     
  2. Tara

    September 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Jill – I so appreciate your transparency. It’s not easy being transparent with those who know you best, let alone in writing. But, for this and so many other reasons, I am grateful I can call you friend. Last week, I had a little taste of the Peace that passes all understanding when dealing with a situation between 2 members of my MOPS group. I find when I devote myself to prayer and turn the situation over to God, He is absolutely faithful to give me what I need in that moment and peace no matter what. That was the case last week as He brought resolution to the problem I faced. 🙂 Thank you for being faithful to God’s calling to write these devotions… they and you are a blessing. Love you friend!

     
    • Jill Richard Internet Marketing

      September 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Tara. You have always been such a blessing and an example to me. I’m so grateful the Lord allowed us to get to know each other that day at church. Who would have known then the Christian Sisterhood you and I would share. Thank you for always being open to a discussion about spiritual matters (non spiritual matters too). You’re an amazing friend, and I often think of you when I read the phrase “Be still and know that I am God”.

       
      • Tara

        September 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        🙂 – I just signed up to your get blog in my inbox. Never noticed that as an option before, but YAY! Glad I found it now. Love you!!

         
  3. Tara

    April 26, 2012 at 4:06 am

    thanks for being a part of my last meeting as Coordinator. It seems this is a message i need to hear again (given my other comments on the same blog). i love these blogs — brings you a bit closer to St Louis and me closer to an awesome God. 🙂 love you!

     
    • Jill Richard Internet Marketing

      April 26, 2012 at 5:24 am

      Tara, I’m glad I could be a part of it! It’s a blessing for me to have your strong support and encouragement. God is good and I thank Him everything I think of you.

       

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