For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Is there peace on earth? Is there goodwill?
It seems like we are seeing the opposite in the world today. So, what’s going on?
God never said He came to bring peace to the world; but rather, to those on whom His favor rests. In other words, those who choose to celebrate and receive Jesus will have peace. In fact, Jesus said He did not come to bring peace, but a sword - meaning that because some people will choose to follow Him and others will reject Him, it will bring enmity and division amongst them. (See Matthew 10:34-39.)
We cannot live at peace with God if we are living at peace with the corrupt world system around us.
God did not come to bring peace at any price.
In Kitgum, Northern Uganda, people oftentimes practice peace at any price. They suffered for so long from war that they wanted the war to end no matter what. They were willing to let vicious murderers go free and live amongst them as long as they could have an end to the bloodshed.
This is not true peace. It is sugarcoating the pain they went through, and it still lives on beneath the surface, coming up during challenging times and causing much trouble. They can’t have true peace until they experience the peace of God and allow Him to heal their hearts. I pray that day will come for more and more; not just for the Acholi people, but for all who are desperate for a healing touch from God.
So what does the peace of God mean, really?
It means that though we were wretched in our sins and broken and stained by this world, we have been made right with God through Jesus.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Though war may rage on around the world and within our own little worlds as well, He calms the storms within us and comforts us with the incredible reality of eternity.
God brought peace through the most unlikely place - a manger. From the womb of the most unlikely person - a young, seemingly insignificant (and virgin) girl, He proclaimed His birth to ceremonially unclean shepherds, considered the dregs of their society. Amazing.
Whatever you’re going through, God’s peace can comfort you through that situation. He still loves to show up in the most unlikely places and reveal Himself to the seemingly insignificant, those the world may have written off or thought were too far gone. God sees you today. He came for you. He came to bring you true and lasting peace.