“And he got up 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)
At Christmastime there used to be a focus on peace. I think we’ve lost that on the merry-go-round of materialism. It’s hard to have peace when you’re busy spending more than you make on all those presents that everyone wants.
I don’t think we even know what peace means anymore. Oh, we may say things like “an end to war” or “an end to violence,” but what do those mean?
Remember how Jesus fell asleep in the stern of a boat and a storm frightened the disciples? They woke Jesus up, and He said, “Peace, be still,” and the waters calmed. Calm waters are a great picture of peace, but there’s more to it than an absence of waves. A river can seem calm, but if you try to swim upstream, you must fight the current. If you try to swim across the river, you still must fight the current to go straight. Even if you swim with the current, you’re trying to go faster than it is.
The only way to be at peace is to let the current take you where it will.
As we look at the Prince of Peace during this Advent season, we should remember that a prince is a ruler. He is the one who sets the terms for peace, not the people. There can be no peace with Him when we disobey Him and no peace with Him when we dictate the terms. “Even the winds and the waves obey Him.” Matthew 8:27 is the key to a peaceful sea. The key to peace for the swimmer is obedience to the current that He has created.
The key to peace is always obedience, and more than mere obedience. We must do what the Prince of Peace commands, not just on the surface, but all the way to the bottom of the sea. If He does not reign in our hearts and minds, He does not rule at all. The word “peace” comes from a Latin term that means “agreement.” To have peace, we must do as the Prince of Peace commands because we agree with Him.
PRAYER: Lord, throughout this season and the year to come, may the Prince of Peace reign in my heart and mind. May His Word flow like a river through my soul and carry me without resistance to Your kingdom so that I may know true peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.