Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!
– 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NASB
This “Lord of peace” is, of course, Jesus of Nazareth – Messiah of Israel, crucified and raised from the dead to rule heaven and earth forever and ever.
Centuries before Messiah was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words about Him – words upon which we have meditated in these daily devotions to Him:
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
Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:6 NASB (emphasis added)
Messiah was to be the “prince of peace.” We can recall also that Messiah was to be a descendant of David, and that Solomon was the first descendant of David to inherit David’s throne. Whereas David had been a man of war, Solomon was a man of peace. In fact, the name “Solomon” is derived from the Hebrew word for peace: “Shalom.” Solomon, of course, foreshadowed the greater descendant of David to come: Messiah.
The Gospels demonstrate that Jesus was certainly a man of peace. He was at peace with every person He met…even though all people were not at peace with Him. Jesus did not carry a weapon and told His disciples not to use theirs in His name. Jesus read the same Old Testament that we do and He determined from it that God did not want war or violence. Therefore, the gospel Jesus preached was a “gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).
On the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus said a couple of very important things about peace:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
– John 14:27 NASB
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33 NASB
A couple of days ago, I pointed out how the apostles often began and ended their letters (epistles) on Jesus’ behalf with reference to the peace Jesus brings, and leaves, wherever He goes. Paul even said in Ephesians 2:14, “He Himself is our peace…” (emphasis added).
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me exchange my restlessness for Your peace this day…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.