We have a God that is so amazing, so unbelievably perfect in every way, so indescribable that any language that we have developed has humans cannot captivate who he is with a single word or even a few words. In fact there are hundreds of references throughout the Bible that try to describe God and His character. I believe the better that we can understand God and who He is the better we can understand who we are as His followers.
While studying these names of God one stuck out to me above all other names. I think this is because that the meaning behind this title that has been given to God is so life changing, so unbelievably powerful that if we can just wrap our minds about it our lives will literally never be the same. This title is found in Isaiah 9:6 which reads:
“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.”
Prince of Peace. What comes to mind when you hear that as a title of God? When I think of the word “peace” I think of things such as the abolition of war and violence, unity among all of the churches, and a comfort knowing that things are going to be alright. While these all deal with peace, this title of God is teaching us something different about our creator, and like I said before it is life changing! The Hebrew word translated "peace" is shalom, which also means "completeness," "soundness," "welfare," "tranquility," "contentment," and "friendship." Read over that list one more time. Completeness. Soundness. Welfare. Tranquility. Soundness. Our God is the Prince of all of these things. He has complete power over all of these areas in our lives if we only look to him for comfort through our struggles.
You might be asking yourselves right now, “Ok Drew, thats sounds great and all, but how is this life changing like you made it sound before.” Well please do not be disappointed just yet, because I am not done making my point!
When we have this kind of peace in our lives, we can look into the eyes of any kind of adversity that we are facing and be completely content with the assurance that none of it matters because we are protected by the love of God. We can be going through the darkest parts of our lives, whether it is persecution, family issues, a death of a close friend, the loss of a job, or whatever else you want to fill in this blank with and we can still come out smiling because we know that we have peace in God. And when we have peace in God it doesn’t matter what is going on in our lives because we do not have to fear anything but God himself. We do not have to worry. We do not have to cower away. We do not have to give up because our God gives us peace over all of this. We can be completely content through any temptation, any hardship, or anything else because our God is more powerful than any of that. When we accept this we can finally realize that our God is not only the God of the mountain top but he is also the God of the valley! And let me tell you right now that there is nothing more powerful than that!
Once you accept this truth of who God is you can look at any temptation that Satan puts in front of you and know that he has no hold over you in any way, shape, or form because our God is more powerful than any of that and that we can find a refuge and peace in him. When we find ourselves in financial problems, we can find peace in God because he is God over all things and we know that we are rich in Him, even if our bank account makes us feel hopeless and poor. When someone close to us dies, we can be comforted because we know that we are living for a God who has promised us eternal life if we have excepted him into our lives.
Once we can accept the fact that we can find joy in any trouble that we will face in this world we can take away a huge foothold that Satan has on people in our culture. We are not slaves to anything in this world. As it teaches us in the book of Romans, we are now slaves to righteousness. We are sons and daughters of a God of peace that is good and righteous and is chained down by no one or no thing.
- For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken," Says the LORD who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)
- "And I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. (Ezekiel 37:26)