“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  – Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

To be a prince is to be a ruler, a leader. A captain, if you will. Jesus is of the utmost line of royalty, a heavenly line. Jesus is a Prince. Jesus is the Head of peace. He is the commander over Peace. Take time to understand what that is saying. Jesus is not simply peaceful; He is the source, the ruler over it.

Peace is the completeness, soundness, and safety that you feel when you’re in His presence. He is the Prince of Peace.

I’m sure you, like me, have had nights where you were unable to get a sound sleep—and I’m sure your problems are even greater than my own—but understand, Jesus can cause this feeling of anxiety to fade in His presence.

“When we are inwardly tossed by various tempests, and when Satan attempts to disturb our consciences, let us remember that Christ is The Prince of Peace, and that it is easy for him quickly to allay all our uneasy feelings.” (John Calvin)

I would often find myself tossing and turning during the last few months that led to my college graduation. How am I going to do on those last few exams? What am I going to do when I graduate? How am I ever going to pay back these loans?!!! In those times, I would simply pray to God. It was the last thing I could do. (It should have been the first.) While I would lie there, praying, I would often fall asleep before finishing my prayer. Originally, I thought this to be disrespectful to God. I was later told, “Think about it. When you pray, you are entering God’s presence. When you pray, He is holding you in His arms, listening to every word you say. Nothing can harm you. You are at complete peace. It’s only natural that you would fall asleep in His arms.”

In those moments, I was at complete peace. Jesus was the cause, the reason, and the creator of that Peace. I’ll never know His Perfect Peace until I see you on the other side, and I want to encourage you to continue living in His peace. Nothing is too overwhelming for Jesus. He took on death, and won.

Have Peace knowing that He’s taken you this far.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for giving us peace in our times of trial. Thank you for walking with us thus far and equipping us with each step. Continue to grant me peace during this time of Advent as we remember your arrival on this Earth. May I always walk in your Peace. Amen.

Justin Barns

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