Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prince of Peace

Based off of the Beth Moore Bible study, "Breaking Free"

Jesus not only came to bring us life and salvation, but also to bring peace.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
~Isaiah 9:6 fact, he calls Himself the "Prince of Peace"! He's the one that created it anyway!

This is what the Lord says -- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea
~Isaiah 48:17-18

Ever heard the song, "Peace like a river"? We used to sing it in Sunday school when I was in preschool. The words simply say, "I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river in my soul". Today I was just reflecting on those words. Peace like a river. Notice how it's compared to a river rather than say, a pond. Picture a pond: completely still, quiet waters. Definitely the first thing that comes to mind is peaceful.

Now picture a river. Sometimes it moves quickly, other times it is still. There are many twists and bends and corners where you can't see what's coming up next. If you've ever gone canoeing or rafting on a river you know what I'm talking about - the last word you would use to describe your experience is "peaceful". Yet God still uses that example, and when you really think about it, it is a beautiful picture.

Life can be like a river. Full of complications, joy and sorrow, and you never really know what's coming up next. That's why God uses this example. Peace like a river - meaning through all the ups and downs of life, you can still find peace in Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace.

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry abou itself.
Matthew 6:34

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so you may overflow with hope from the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

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