“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
After reading Max Lucado’s book, Anxious for Nothing, I searched my heart and faced my own fears. I have become aware of the things that trigger my flight response and send me into chaos survival mode. But, knowing them isn’t enough. I want peace. How do I maintain a “ calm, godly, non-anxious presence” in my life? I was curious as to what the Bible says about peace. In God’s kingdom there is a Who, What, Where, When and Why of peace.
Who: Jesus is called “ The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, A son is given to us; And the government Is upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Peace belongs to him; it is only his to give and he gives His peace to us. The world cannot give this kind of peace Jn 14:27
His peace transcends understanding and it guards our mind Philippians 4:7
Jesus is our peace Eph. 2:11-22
What? What is an antidote to fear? Joy. Joy and peace are linked together. Romans 14:7, 15:13. Peace is connected to joy and love. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 Jn 4:18.
Love, joy, peace… this sounds familiar. These are fruits of the Spirit! Galatians 5:22-24. Spending time in His presence- ushers in our wholeness, our completeness.
How. What are Paul’s instructions for maintaining peace? Prayer, thanksgiving, presenting your requests to God. Phil 4: 6-7
Where. Where does the battle for peace happen? “ The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” Ro 8:6 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Is 26:3 Peter was walking on water because his eyes were fixed on Jesus. He only began to fall because he switched his focus to his circumstance.
When? When will we experience his peace? Let’s take a look at two mountains:
“ You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”[a] 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[b] 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
I believe this Holy City is full of joy because the Prince of Peace lives there. When is this peaceable kingdom? The kingdom of heaven is at hand!