The word peace in Hebrew (Shalom) has a broad meaning. Its various meanings according to Vines Dictionary include: safety, welfare, health, prosperity, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment, and friendship with human relationships and with God. Our Prince of Peace offers to lead us into a glorious and abundant life if we choose to submit to His will as the Lord of our life. When I read these numerous adjectives, I am overwhelmed to see all that Jesus desires to provide for us.
As we read the whole chapter of Isaiah 9, we see that this is not only a prophecy for the coming of Christ to earth as a baby, but also of our future when we will be with Christ as He reigns on the new earth. There are many places in Scripture that tell us of our glorious eternal life with our King. As we live in such a troubled world, it brings great peace to our hearts to know that this is only temporary. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Your toils may not seem so “light,” but it is well worth persevering in order to win the prize at the end of our race. Your Almighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace wants to give you the strength, wisdom, love and peace to press on and stand firm in your faith.
Take time to reflect on the joyful hope of your salvation which enables you to dwell with God forever. “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:3-5). Let the Prince of Peace fill your heart with His hope, joy, peace and love today.
-Sue Corl (Founder COBI, read more of her Devotionals in More Beautiful by the Day)