Because He is our Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, and our Everlasting Father, we can rest peacefully. He is our Prince of Peace.
For unto 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
Prince of Peace.
One of the first statements declared about the gift of Jesus was by a multitude of angels to a few shepherds in a field, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" (Luke 2:14) Like the climate of that time, we live in a time where peace is desperately sought after and rarely found in the hearts of people. Anxiety and depression abound as chaos and calamity seem relentless. And yet, in all of this noise, we find a baby on a silent night. We see Psalm 23 personified. He who created peace, writes peace, and publishes peace, came to live so that we could experience peace. As one of His parting messages, Jesus said in John 14:27 that He gives peace and will leave us with peace through the Holy Spirit. One of His main purposes for living among us was to give us peace. I hope you find the opportunity to focus your mind and heart on him today and experience the peace the gift of Jesus has for you at all times in every way. Whatever weighs you down, 1) ask your Wonderful Counselor what you can do about it, 2) ask your Mighty God who is able and your Everlasting Father who desires to do what is best for you to do something about it, and, 3) walk away with the Prince of Peace ruling in your heart, filled with hope, joy, and peace, thanking Him for taking care of it and you.
For further reflection-
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Nahum 1:15 Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
*If whatever is weighing you down, continues to do so, please call to make an appointment. I would love to help you process and give you more helpful tools for moving forward. I have appointments available in the new year, beginning January 8th!