The prophecy of Isaiah offers hope to a nation of people experiencing constant struggles. Like us, their lives were a mixed bag of tragedy and celebration with all the mundane daily elements thrown in. Little did they know that it would be 700 years before the physical presence of peace would walk among them. Instilled with hope, they found peace and the will to carry on. 2000 years later, we know that the prophecy was fulfilled, and yet still we wait for peace as if it will ride in on a white horse and carry us off into the sunset away from all our troubles.
I urge you, stop waiting. Peace is yours. Peace lies right in the middle of all that life throws at you. Look to the past and learn from it, look to the future and feel hopeful because “authority rests on his shoulders” (9:6). But remember friends, peace exists in the present, in every sad, scary, exciting, horrible, mundane moment. Practice saying to yourself, “this moment, right now, is a wonderful moment. THIS moment is a gift from God.” God’s promise is alive and well, in you. Peace be with you.