6For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (AMP)
When asked the question, would you be able to answer; what is peace? Is it situational, meaning that you need it only depending on the situation you may find yourself in at any given moment? Likewise is it circumstantial being sought out only according to the circumstance that you are faced with? I offer you another option.
Perpetual: Never ceasing; continuing forever in future time; destined to be eternal; as a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute.
[Literally true with respect to the decrees of the Supreme Being.]
One of the many names attributed to Jesus Christ is Prince of Peace or even Jehovah Shalom. Do you have any idea what Jehovah translates to? The Lord, the great I AM. Not will be or going to be, or sometime be, or even may be. He is the eternal I AM.
Are you aware of the last recorded Scripture in Matthew?
20Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be). Matthew 28:20
Jesus was leaving His disciples with these final words, reminding them that He is with them always, “perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion).
Too bad that doesn’t seem to help us when we are faced with the day to day task of walking it out here on earth. As Christians, we find ourselves struggling to live out what is in the Word and wondering why it doesn’t seem to work for us!
The “name it, claim it” gospel seems to work for some and not for others. We attempt to give money to those ministries with the promise of a “partnership” that includes their prayer team praying for your finances. We are investing in our finances by sowing a seed. That will work, right?
Healing ministries offer to send you a prayer cloth for your donation, which has been “anointed with prayer”. I have even heard of ministries offering healing meals for sale.
Churches in general offer the “hope of peace” for the life that turns itself over to Christ. But oftentimes you find yourself, run ragged, involved in “connection ministries” that seem to be taking more time than you have to give and contributing to the lack of peace in your life.
I know that I am not the only one who will admit to screaming at the top of my lungs, “I just need some peace and quiet”. But is that just a situational circumstance I am seeking for or is something hidden here in this often cried statement?
Elijah, that incredible prophet of God, who boldly poured water over his sacrifice, knowing his God would prevail over the prophets of Baal, basically got overwhelmed and ran. God did what Elijah said He would! Don’t be mistaken. But after God showing Himself in such an awesome way, Elijah lost his peace, when faced with the threats of Jezebel. He fled. He actually prayed to die. Guess how God revealed Himself to Elijah?
11And He said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;12And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12
Can you visualize this? Mountains rent, broken rocks, an earthquake and fire! Sounds like the end of the world. But where was God found? In the still, small, voice.
We have become a people that live by sensationalism. Movies, video games, sporting events, Hollywood, gossip, even worship services at church have become “more sensational”. Why is this: to keep people coming back for more. But where does it end? Where is the line in the sand? The result of anything over sensationalized is desensitization. We (both inside and outside of the Church) are always seeking the next “thrill”.
Generally speaking, Christians do not know what it is to quiet themselves. Hey, I am at the head of the class! I think God gave me a double portion of the talking gene and I often imagine Him, looking off somewhere going “yada, yada, yada” as I continue yammering away in prayer.
Be honest for a minute, even if we shut our own mouths, often times someone else is there breaking the “quiet” barrier. Quiet is a choice, an active pursuit that you have to find for yourself. Peace is not.
Peace is not something that you can attain. It is “Someone”. If peace, were “Someone” taught, instead of something sought, only when you can’t deal with whatever “it” is, life would be very different.
Peace was what caused Elijah to cover his face when he heard that still, small voice. It was what brought him revelation that he was not alone in what God had called him to do.
Peace was in the boat asleep, in the midst of the storm (of hurricane proportions), when Jesus’ most intimate friends, the disciples of Christ, were running around, fearing for their very lives.
39And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). Mark 4:39
That storm was quelled by the Voice of Peace.
And it was Peace, which the army of troops was singing about when the Angel was proclaiming the Good News to the shepherds.
13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,14Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor]. Luke 2:13-14
Open you heart this Christmas. As a Christian you have already received the gift of eternal Salvation. Go further, deeper. Find time amongst the hustle and bustle; refresh yourself from the swirl of the holidays that leaves you unable to catch your breath. Reacquaint yourself with Him, rediscover the still, small voice of the “Gift of Peace”, and listen.