Peace is most valuable is when when it is absent, whether by some kind of conflict, some circumstance that is bothersome or worrisome. God’s Word tells us that we can have peace.
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.
Jesus is our Prince of Peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
His peace is not based on outward seen circumstances. In front of you may be the reality of perceivable sources of anxiety: a bill that needs to be paid, an illness that doesn’t respond to medication, death of a loved one, provocation. But Jesus’s peace is based on the higher unseen reality of who He is… our Prince of Peace who is all-powerful, all knowing, ever-present in each circumstance we face.
The Message translation of John 16:33 says I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
The absence of God in hearts causes difficulties to abound. Jesus teaches us to be unshakeable and assured, deeply at peace. We are not exempt from trouble. But He has already conquered the world. When we are seeking to align ourselves with Him, He who is in control will take over and we can hide in Him to experience His deep peace. We need to trust Him.
A formula for peace? Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.