For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
Series Focus: “Behold Your King”
What if I told you I had a cure? A remedy to save you from running in circles, striving to be more, and even chasing what you think is missing from your life? Would you be interested? If you would’ve asked me that question ten years ago, I would have said “Bring it on!”
We often search for answers everywhere except where the answers actually lie. Focused on our “missing pieces,” nothing seems to satisfy us. So we remain in a place of chaos, running on empty, until we have no more to give. Then, we wonder, what else could I have done? Oh, if I had a dollar for every time I asked myself this question! So yes, I want the cure. I want it now. Don’t you?
Living in a state of quiet, rest, calmness, or whatever terminology you might use isn’t that far from your fingertips. We complicate our lives every time we choose a solution that is only a temporary help to us. Not that setting goals to relieve our stressed out bodies is a bad thing or waste of time, but the peace we feel lasts only until the next problem creeps in and sticks its ugly head up. We need more than a better habit, attitude change, or fresh perspective. We need real, lasting, genuine Peace. And here is the plot twist: Peace is not a thing you can find—He is a person you must cling to. Isaiah calls Jesus “The Prince of Peace.” He is the only answer.
There are many scriptures speaking about peace. Jesus even tells us He gives us peace. But, He adds, “not as the world gives.”
Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful. (John 14:27 NASB)
So why do we keep searching the world for it? In my study and prayer time over this scripture, I had a moment in which I realized Jesus isn’t offering to make us feel better. He is offering us Himself. He is the cure! When we choose Him, we choose Peace. Oh, how I love Isaiah prophesied this before Jesus came to be fully man and fully God.
Some of us are going to miss this. We are going to keep fighting the good fight until we drop from exhaustion. We will convince ourselves we hold the power to fix whatever is messy about our lives. And while we keep spinning in all directions, fearing failure, pursuing perfection, chasing the wind, hoping for answers, Jesus will call out to us from His place beside the Father.
Will you Behold Your King?
Will you hear Him as He offers wisdom through His wonderful counsel? Stand in awe of Him as your all powerful Mighty God? Trade your yearning for the things of this world that are giving temporary answers, and receive the gift of salvation your Eternal Father extends? Finally, will you call out to The Prince of Peace, your loving Savior, because He is your Hope?
Sister, we don’t want you to miss Him. Nothing in this world is better than Jesus. Cling to your Prince and behold your King!
Holding Fast to Hope,
Scripture References: Isaiah 9:6; John 3:16, 14:6, 14:27, 16:33