As I was praying and journaling this morning, God gave a word to me. It was just one of those things that flowed off my pen as I was writing in my prayer journal. Funny how God does that sometimes. It wasn’t even really what I had been reading in the Word this morning, but I believe it is something that has been in the back of my mind and God brought it to the forefront. Here it is…
God never called me to live at ease, but to live at peace.
In Micah 5:4-6, the prophet speaks of the Messiah, Jesus…
4And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.
5And he shall be their peace.
The angels announced His birth, saying
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
Jesus said in some of His last words to His disciples,
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. (John 14:27)
Yet we think that “peace” means “ease.” We can easily fall into the trap that the peace of God means that everything is going to be easy. All lights will turn green, everyone will love me, I’ll have all the money I want and everything my heart desires, my kids will turn out perfect, I’ll never have any troubles or sickness or difficulties. Yet, look what Jesus said, “Not as the world gives do I give to you.” We are not promised to live with ease…the world’s definition of peace…but,
…the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Then He says, Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27) He is saying, “I got your back!” No matter the circumstances, no matter what the past has been nor what the present looks like, despite what the future may hold…peace. Don’t let your heart be troubled…don’t be afraid. He IS peace and He gives us peace. I love that verse in Micah 5:5:
And he shall be their peace.
Your peace. My peace. As we approach this Christmas, remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. And while peace doesn’t mean ease, it does give us ease in our soul because we have hope…in Jesus the Messiah! He is Immanuel and He is with us!