In the stillness of night a thin blanket of snow covered the frozen ground and hugged the naked tree limbs. Its voice whispered, “Be still, rest. All may look bleak but my covering is your protection. Rest in my peace. What appears dead will soon burst forth with new life.”
Isaiah spoke of this peace that brings new life – hope out of darkness.
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined…
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given …
The Prince of Peace.”
Before we can be covered in the peace of God we must know the Prince who bought our peace with God.
- “But now in Christ Jesus
- ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
- For he is our peace,
- who hath made both one …
- that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross …
- And came and preached peace to you which were afar off,
- and to them that were nigh.
- For through him we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (From Ephesians 2:13-18.
Unless you know the Prince of Peace who has bought our peace with God the Father through his death and resurrection, you cannot know peace in the circumstances of life. Jesus Christ is the way to peace with the Father and He is the giver of peace in a world filled with chaos.
“Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus calmed the storm threatening the fearful disciples with three words,
“Peace, be still.”
The Lord speaks the same words to us when fear and uncertainty slither in to steal our peace.
- “Stand in awe, and sin not:
- commune with your own heart upon your bed,
- and be still …
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
- “Be still,
- and know that I am God:
- I will be exalted among the heathen,
- I will be exalted in the earth.
- The LORD of hosts is with us;
- the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 46:10,11
When circumstances steal our peace it is time to stop looking at our circumstances and look to our God. Remember He is –
“The LORD sitteth upon the flood,
yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.
The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
When worry and anxiety creep in return to the Prince of Peace and –
- “Be careful for nothing;
- but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
As the snow blankets the earth, the Prince of Peace blankets those who will trust him. He is the reason the angels could say,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.”
As I wondered at the stillness of the gentle snow in the early morning a song I haven’t heard for a long while filled my heart, “Wonderful Peace.” I’ve included the lyrics here for you.* May you know the Prince of Peace now and forever.
*It is under public domain, written by William G. Cooper/Warren D. Cornell in 1889. I found it at library.timelesstruths.org. The Gaithers also have it on a video. Google the title to listen.