I love the Advent season as I reflect on what God did for us by sending His Son. A perfect baby boy born in the most humble circumstances. We are so blessed in the United States that I think I forget what that means to be born in humble circumstances. And what’s more, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, CHOSE to enter the world as He did!
What does Prince of Peace really mean to me?
Mark 4:39 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
Have you ever been as frightened as the disciples? Can you even imagine being in a boat that felt like it was going to sink? I can’t. The closest I have ever been to being frightened to the point of death was when landing at Heathrow in London. It was a very stormy landing in every sense of the word. Turbulence doesn’t even come close to describing this landing. As the plane was being jolted up and down the passengers were being tossed to and fro. Praise God for seatbelts! Then in one fell swoop, we were lifted out of our seats as far up as our belts would allow, all the overhead bins came open and luggage was falling out everywhere.
Needless to say, there was a lot of confusion and chaos. Three college-aged girls were sitting to my right one row behind me who were absolutely hysterical. They were screaming that we were going to die which didn’t help matters. Then all of a sudden we were on the ground taxing to our gate.
I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. As I tried to process what had happened so quickly, I realized, even in that instant, that I had a sense of peace that I couldn’t understand. The well-known and quoted verse came to mind in Philippians 4:6-7. “Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” NASB
Jesus was my peace in that instant. My muscle memory paid off at that moment.
I don’t know about you; but in this world of chaos confusion, it sure is good to understand WHO our peace is. If I had not known the Prince of Peace on that plane, I would have panicked like those three young ladies. But since I had called on the Prince of Peace many times in my life, my muscle memory took over. The Calmer of the storm and the calmer of my heart in times that I don’t understand is here for all of us. He is our peace. Here is the deal, we have to call on Him to be our peace daily. In a world where we have no idea what our next second looks like, I need to know Jesus as my peace.
Think about our Jesus during this time as YOUR peace. He is there; you only need to choose Him. He will not fail.