In The Peace of His Presence

Brad Smith

Read: Isaiah 9:2-7

What is Peace?

What is peace? Can you think of a time when you truly felt peace or were at peace? Have you ever experienced the peace of His presence?

It’s a question that can be hard to explain or to truly understand. For many of us, it simply means the absence of something. Maybe the absence of war, sickness, or arguing. You could simply define it as the absence of conflict.

God’s Plan for Peace

In Hebrew, the word for peace is “shalom.” This word is used over 250 times throughout the Scriptures. In Jewish culture, they would use this word to either greet or say goodbye to people.

Peace is what God wants for all of us. His perfect plan for His creation was peace. It was to be in a perfect relationship with Him. When sin entered the world, peace was gone. Through His love for us and His desire to continue that relationship with us, our God showed compassion, and He truly desired that we would find peace. Then, He showed that love for us through Jesus.

The Peace of His Presence

Scripture is very clear that there will always be conflict in this life. There will always be sickness. There will always be something… but we can always find peace in Christ, even as we walk through some of our hardest times or face our most difficult struggles. Through it all, we can always find peace. That’s because peace is not about the absence of something…

Peace is about the presence of Christ.

The Christmas Advent season is all about celebrating our Peace on Earth, who is Jesus (Luke 2:14). It’s celebrating the fact that God sent His Son to be born on this earth, to walk this life, and then to die on a cross for our sins. We have the opportunity to be at peace with God the Father, and that is the greatest gift of all.