As we enter the second week of Advent, the week of peace. I tend to look around and wonder where peace has gone. We don’t seem to have much in this season of wonder, hope and celebration. Instead we seem to be in chaos, turmoil and restlessness.
Even I found that I was searching for peace in the midst of this last week, as confusion and doubt draw in. Last year I took time to dig into Isaiah 9:6-7 and I find myself once again drawing near to those verses in a special way. Seeking to breathe His word into the season and see Him more than anything else.
I find myself seeking royalty. I search for the Prince of Peace, the author of peace that brought together Jew and Gentile. That writes the story of freedom from disturbance and a calmness among the earth. He is the reason the weary world rejoices. He authors peace between me as a sinner and God the sinless. He interceded on my behalf out of great love for me and obedience to His will. He wrote the peace between us that could come from no other source.
He is the giver of peace as He rules in His royal state. He gives it freely and willingly-not withholding from us in judgement. Paul points us to this peace which we cannot even comprehend (but have experienced as I have in so many circumstances) in Philippians 4:7:
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. (NLT)
It goes beyond what I can fathom and yet He rules it and reigns within it as the Prince of Peace. The kingdom which He reigns over, our holy family, looks to Him for peace in times of love and joy, and in times of confusion and doubt. We seek Him, just as the wise men did, following this star and finding a stable.
Maybe you’re like me this Christmas season, following along this bright shining star and finding yourself in a stable…not what we were searching for, but in it’s simplicity we find Royalty. We find a Prince among the sounds and smells we hadn’t bargained for. We see Peace brought low for us to behold, encounter and embrace.