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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Our Prince of Peace”
Peace is at the heart of what everyone wants. All of us want a little peace, peace in the world, peace in our lives, and peace in our relationships.
And while peace is our greatest hope and desire, the reality is that it’s an elusive dream. We catch glimpses of it, but as soon as it’s there, it’s gone.
As we watch the news, we see how desperate the world is for peace. We have wars and rumors of wars, terror threats and bombings, coups, uprisings, and genocide. We have disharmony in our government, violence in our neighborhoods and schools, conflicts in our homes, and anxiety and stress in our lives.
The world tries to find peace, but it miserably fails, and that’s because the only peace that the world can offer is a cessation of war through peace pacts, which we have seen time and time again fail.
When we honestly evaluate the lack of peace in our world and in our lives, there is one denominator, and that is our disobedience to God and to His word, which stems from an unrepentant heart, a heart that refuses to turn towards God and His ways, and instead turns towards the world and its ways.
Having a peace that lasts, a real peace, however, is a gift given by God, because the Lord personifies not only what peace is, but also peace itself.
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Therefore, the peace that really matters, and the peace that really lasts and that has stood the test of time, is the peace that comes through faith in Jesus, whom the prophet Isaiah describes as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Being the Prince of Peace means that Jesus is the one who rules over peace. Maybe to say this another way, there is no real peace outside of faith in Jesus Christ.
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