I’ve always had mixed emotions regarding spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love the flowers, the sunshine, the snowless driveways. However, with everything abuzz, I never find time to actually stop and smell the roses. I rarely have a quiet time or just a moment to think. There’s way too much stress in my life, and if I’m right, you have felt like this at one point or another.
So, I started searching my Bible and stumbled upon three interesting facts:
One: We have the Prince of Peace on our side. In Isaiah 9:6 we are told: “For a child will be born to us . . . His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus’ own name identifies Him as the Ruler of peace, the Giver of peace, and the Peace. If we seek Him, we are sure to find Him and His peace. He governs peace and freely gives it to us, His children, because our Eternal Father wishes nothing but love and joy for us. He is our Peace.
Two: He calms the storm for us and replaces it with peace. Just as Jesus calmed the raging sea and howling winds, Jesus can calm the battle you are facing–whether it be health-related, relationship issues, or final exams. In my Bible Psalm 62:8 declares: “God is a refuge for us. Selah.” God keeps us safe and warm and content when the pain from this world overwhelms us. Also, “selah” is believed to mean “take a rest” and I just adore the sound of selah; it sounds so peaceful and reminds me of God’s outstretched arms waiting for us. He is our Comforter.
And three: God protects us from fear and anxiety. In Philippians 4:6-7 we are encouraged with this: “Be anxious for nothing . . . [T]he peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” In short God is telling us that He has more peace than we could ever fathom and that He will protect our hearts and minds so there is no reason to be anxious or nervous. He is our Protector.
As the springtime hustle reaches it’s climax soon, I encourage you to take a moment and breathe and just let God’s peace run through you. His everlasting peace doesn’t just come and go; if we truly desire it, then He will always provide it. So, throw on some Hillsong, read a Psalm, and let God fill your heart with quietness, contentment, and, most of all, peace.