In the 2000 movie, Miss Congeniality, contestants of a beauty contest were asked what they thought was “the one most important thing our society needs?” Without fail, every contestant, except one, answered “World Peace.” As that one contestant learned, the only way to receive approval was to say, “World Peace.” Throughout time, many people have wished for world peace. Some have great ideas of how to achieve it! And as we approach Christmas in this second week of Advent, our focus turns towards peace.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7, ESV)
On of the many names given to the prophesied Messiah was “Prince of Peace.” He would bring peace; peace to everyone and peace on earth - World Peace. We should also desire peace; peace through Christ and peace in the world.
“For ‘Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’” (1 Peter 3:10-12, ESV)
Peter knew about seeking peace. As a disciple of Jesus, he was rash - speaking or acting first and thinking second. (Matthew 14:22-33) Is that always bad? When he jumped out of the boat and onto the water to walk toward Christ, he experienced what could happen when you had complete faith. He only started to sink when he started to think. Peter had to learn to seek peace, to turn away from the doubts, the sin, that plagued him when his thinking finally caught up to his actions.
Seeking peace is not easy, for ourselves or the world. We live in a world of sin, and global peace will always be out of reach until the Prince of Peace returns. His return will usher in a New Age! But we need to find peace within ourselves by turning from sin. It will always be a struggle, but it draws us closer to Him, paving the way for His return! By finding peace within ourselves, we can do our part to make the world a better place. This week take time to meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon the Peace of Advent. How can you seek peace? What influence does that have on the world?