For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 CSB
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors! Luke 2:14 CSB
Christmas is getting closer, are you excited? Me, too. Last week we talked about hope. Our next gift from God is peace. Peace, like hope, is a feeling. Peace is when you feel calm and unworried. When things seem to be going smoothly and you aren’t upset, you are peaceful.
And can you guess where our peace comes from? You’re right, Jesus! Just like our hope is in Jesus, so is our peace. Our first verse is from the Old Testament, Isaiah. It is a prophecy, a prediction, about the birth of Jesus. One of His names is Prince of Peace. Our second verse is when the angels announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds with a promise of “peace on earth.”
Remember the Christmas morning “stair story” from last week? Here’s another one. There were four of us kids and we got into a lot of disagreements, arguments, and fusses. My mom would come and stop all the talking and say, “Some peace and quiet, please!” We weren’t allowed to fuss or even talk to each other for an amount of time. We each did something quietly and alone. And when we were allowed to talk again, we usually forgot what we were arguing about. We all got some peace and quiet, not just our mom!
When things don’t go like we want them to and we are upset or worried or stressed, how can we find our peace? Peter writes a letter to fellow Christians and gives us all some good advice. For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11 CSB
Peter tells us we have to pursue our peace which means we have to go after it. We have to find it. But the good news is we know where to find it. Do you remember? Right! We find our peace in Jesus, our Prince of Peace. Whenever and wherever you are, remember that Jesus is with you. Tell Him your worries and ask for His peace.
This week talk with your parents about peace. When do you need peace? How do you pursue peace? Ask your parents to share what they do to have peace.
Blessings and peace as you pursue and find your peace in Jesus!