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… (Isaiah 9:6-7a ESV)

Peace comes from God, and only God can grant the kind of peace for which our hearts long. He does this through Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew word shalom is generally translated “peace” in the Old Testament, but the word itself is much larger than the English meaning attached to “peace.” It includes favor, prosperity, the awareness of acceptance and love, the fulfillment of our redemption, the completion of salvation, and has behind it the idea of not just the absence of conflict, but the presence of God and of a blessed life.

If you can in your heart imagine the power to remove everything ungodly in your life, if you can envision God’s grace directed to you in its fullest extent, if you can grasp the rediscovery and fulfillment of God’s original plan for you, and if you can grasp God’s plan being fulfilled for eternity with and endless determination and strength from God to fulfill it, then you are envisioning this concept of shalom or of peace.

Christ is called the Prince of Peace, and the increase of his government and of His peace there shall be no end. This means that the administration of His grace to you, the expression of His love, the fulfillment of His promises, the supply of our needs and of our moral and pure desires will be complete. It will be sustained for ever and ever.

We can accept this by faith today. Even though we live in a fallen world, still plagued by our old sinful natures, the new person we became at our salvation, the new person who is re-created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness, that person can live in the shalom of God today by faith in His incredible grace to us.

Do you live in the reality of His grace? Then you also live in the reality of His peace.


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