Love Came Down: The Prince of 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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
As we live our lives day-by-day, month-by-month and year-by-year we constantly experience changes along the way. We could be starting at university, moving house, or simply just buying a new pair of school shoes. It’s normal. It’s all part of life and growing up. Some of us love change, and thrive in the adventure of something new. However, if we’re honest change is not always easy. We like being in our comfort zones, surrounded by those we love.
It can be difficult to adapt, and there can be times of uncertainty and loneliness.
For me this year that change has been moving countries, and it will soon be moving continents. I’m studying languages at university, and so in our 3rd year we have to venture out on our own to live abroad. I am currently in Paris, and will be moving on to Chile in March.
The build up to the Year Abroad was mad – finding a placement, somewhere to live, and doing all the admin that goes with it. Then there was the emotional side to it, saying goodbye to friends and family for months on end and preparing for the culture shock of living in a new country.
It was incredibly hard when I arrived. I’m living on my own, I barely knew anyone, and I wasn’t very fluent in French at all. These, coupled with the fact that the general Parisian vibe is grumpy made for a very solitary time. Every day was a struggle, and I couldn’t imagine staying there for a week, let alone 5 months.
However now, three months in, all I can think to do is praise God for his constant faithfulness through the ups and downs. At the end of Paul’s letter to the Philippians as he encourages them to stand firm, he reminds them how they can bring all of the worries and struggles they will face to God in prayer, and he will give them his peace:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
Even though everything else around me has changed dramatically, Jesus is always “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), and there is so much peace in knowing that!
Christmas time is where we celebrate Jesus coming to earth to be the ultimate peacemaker, giving us an eternal hope. The verses from Isaiah at the beginning are just a few of the many times in the Bible that Jesus is promised as the saviour of the world.
It was God’s plan from the beginning to send Jesus to fix a sinful world by dying in our place on the cross, and in so making a way for us to have a restored relationship with our loving creator God. And so that is why Christmas is such a joyful time. This is why I know I can put my full trust in him at all times, and you can too!
Let’s cling tightly to our Prince of Peace today.
Originally from London, Beatrice is a Modern Languages student at Bristol. She is currently on her Year Abroad living in Paris, where she is working for a local church. She will be moving on to the coast of Chile in March where she looks forward to discovering her (currently non-existent) Latino side.