December 4, 2022

Shawn Stoever
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."
Isaiah 9:6-7

When I think about peace in our world today, I usually picture a place sequestered away in the mountains or beside a lake with no other people around to create chaos. On the other end of the spectrum, government is probably the last place I could imagine to focus my attention if I was interested in experiencing peace.

And yet, the amazing gift of the Son of God did exactly that…bringing peace as He governs over His Kingdom. To experience this peace, you must do a few things:

  1. Recognize that Jesus was born (“given” is the other word used in verse 6) to lead and govern.
  2. Realize that Jesus is qualified to lead and govern because He is the combination of a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace…those are some powerful qualifications.
  3. Refocus consistently on God’s Kingdom of justice, righteousness, and peace; instead of getting overwhelmed by the stress, chaos, and injustice of our earthly government.

Peace comes from receiving the gift of Jesus as your Savior, resting in His amazing attributes as a leader, and re-engaging in His Kingdom work of loving on others and making disciples.