If there is a subject that is difficult to discuss it has to be spiritual peace. How do we get? What causes it to go away? Is there anything we can do to make it last?
I am sure that there are more questions that have been asked. I know I have asked them too. In spite of the difficulty in talking about peace, there is one key reality that gives me comfort. And it is this, there is someone who not only understands it, to be with him is to have the very peace of God in you, surrounding you, and sustaining you.
One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus is that he is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Now I know that Peace is not a country, a physical place. But for the sake of this conversation what if it was? What if when the Bible described Jesus as the Prince “of” Peace that it meant it like some earthly royal is the king of this place or the queen of the other place. What if peace were a place and not just something that we experienced within us?
I like this idea. I know that this is not the primary way, or even the best way, of interpreting what this phrase means. However, it is something that I have wondered about on several occasions. While Peace is not a place on the map, Jesus is a very real person. And to be with him is to be where peace is because he is the embodiment of this quality of being.
I desire to have more peace, to grow in peace, to experience higher levels of peace. But, all of this can only happen by drawing closer to Jesus. There is no other way.
As we continue to contemplate God’s love in Jesus, we should give thanks that God sent peace to reign in our lives because of Jesus. To have Jesus is to know true and everlasting peace.
I know that many have seen the image below on shirts or bumper stickers, but it is still true even if has become cliched in the minds of some.