I never really thought about why Jesus is considered the Prince of Peace. Today, that changed. A woman that I’ve always considered an inspiration and mentor sent me an image of a prayer during a hard season in my life (which would be quite recently, actually). I’ve included the picture further along in this post, for those of you who are interested. Basically, it’s about letting go of our fears and anxiety, giving God control of our lives. Sounds familiar, huh?
I started struggling with severe breathing problems within this past week, ending up both at Urgent Care and the Emergency Room. Every doctor chalked it off as a reaction to stress and anxiety. All of a sudden, as I was lying in bed, pondering this new development, one of my favorite verses came to mind (courtesy of the Holy Spirit, of course): “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
To be honest, living with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), makes my life that much harder! This link can give you a quick run-down of some of my weaknesses:“International OCD Foundation.”
In other words, my mind is far from being secure or “steadfast,” but I can still pray! I’ve definitely improved. My OCD used to leave me “non-functional.” However, I spent many hours on my knees, praying for deliverance, and my stress is now very mild, compared to what it once was!
Through meditation (no, I’m not talking about New-Age rituals), I realized that that’s exactly what we need! “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
Alright, so I suppose keeping our minds “steadfast” by meditating on God’s Word is a sure-fire way of experiencing some peace. But what’s the main reason why Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace?”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11: 28-30).
There is peace just in know we’re loved and forgiven! Meditate on that. We can stop striving for perfection and approval because we have it in Christ Jesus, the Prince of Peace!
Lastly, Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of the “plans” God has for us: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.‘” What an amazing promise!