Peace is a deep desire human hearts share. How welcome the promise of a Prince of Peace must have been to the suffering people of Isaiah’s day. Today, that same promise quiets my heart.
What is it that disrupts our peace? Worry, yes. Fear, yes. But what is at their source? Please share your thoughts but I think the bottom line is injustice—wrongs, prejudices, unfairness—personally and in society. We need a Prince of Peace every bit as much as the Old Testament Jews did.
Rulership affects the atmosphere. History confirms this and so do our hearts. Peace influences the environment and when peace rules in our hearts we change and those around us change.
There were many hope-robbers during the first advent—an inconvenient census, an overcrowded city, a dirty stable, a threatening monarch, absence of caring family. And yet, the destined birth arrived in the midst of it—according to God’s perfect plan.
Let’s lay aside the disturbances of disease, inequity, and politics and acknowledge that God’s perfect plan is still unfolding. Let the angels’ song be our confession,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
He is the prince of peace. As a King, he preserves the peace, commands peace, nay, he creates peace, in his kingdom. He is our peace, and it is his peace that both keeps the hearts of his people and rules in them. He is not only a peaceable prince, and his reign peaceable, but he is the author and giver of all good, all that peace which is the present and future bliss of his subjects (from Matthew Henry’s Commentary).