By Mark Verkler
Here is a simple statement that we all should understand and contemplate. Peace is a person. In Scripture, Jesus is called a son of peace, the king of peace, and we have the God of peace, but perhaps the most well-known phrase about the Messiah is the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (a famous Christmas verse), says, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.”
Now, for so long in my life, I thought that was about the government of his church worldwide, or maybe the government of nations or even of the universe, but then one day, as I was meditating on this, the Lord asked me a simple question. “What about the government of your soul?” And I begin to think this means His governing my soul, my mind, my will, my emotions. Does He govern my physical body? Have I surrendered that to Him? And I began to understand that the increase of His government included my spirit, soul, and body.
Consider that daily peace is about Jesus governing me; allowing and inviting Him to govern every part of me more and more each day. Isaiah 26:3 says, you keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You. I want you to consider that daily piece is about daily, allowing Jesus to govern more and more of your life and for us to govern, less and less, and steward more.
Consider this for a minute: God is my provider, and I’m the steward of what he provides. God is my source of peace and I’m the steward of that peace. I have a choice though, of whether I will stubbornly and pridefully hold on to something and govern myself. Like if I believe I have a right to revenge, I will govern that and think then there will be peace. Actually, when I surrender the revenge and give it away, there will be peace.
I could think I’m going to keep worrying about this and there won’t be peace. Look what it says in Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing. Think about the word careful: It means full of cares. God doesn’t want me walking around full of cares in my head. No, the Scripture says, Be careful for nothing. Lay those cares down, cast them aside, and cast them to him. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”. There’s peace surrounding me, because I am casting my cares on Him. I’m letting him know my specific requests for thanksgiving. Thank you, God, that you’ve heard me. Thank you for answering my prayer. If I live in thanksgiving, I’m going to be living in daily peace also.