Prince of Peace | Devotion #3: Irony
Irony is a situation or writing that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems contrary to what you would normally expect. Some examples of irony might be these:
- The Bible is, among other things, a written code of conduct for Christian living and the irony is that it is the most shoplifted book in America.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas is a program essentially about the over-commercialization of the holidays, and the irony is that it gets cut in length each year to make room for more commercials.
- William Eno is the inventor of the stop sign, traffic circle, one-way street, and the crosswalk and the irony is that he never learned how to drive.
- Jesus Christ is described in the book of Isaiah as the Prince of Peace; the irony is that the mere mention of His name causes more contention and division among people than any other. You would be hard-pressed to find a more polarizing figure in all of humanity.
In Isaiah chapter 26 verse 3 we read these words, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you.” A relationship with God gives us “The peace that passes all understanding.” It is a peace that transcends all that people have conceived or imagined.
We read the word “peace” and often ascribe a meaning in alignment with groups and individuals being calm and tranquil, yet the reality is that even the most peaceful looking people are still in utter chaos if they do not have the deeper meaning of the word peace which is brought about by being restored to God. As sinful beings, God can have no part with us. The Bible tells us that darkness and light cannot coexist and it is only through the shed blood of Christ and the remission of sin that a person can be in unity and harmony with God.
I had the pleasure of serving the church as the assistant to the Reach Pastor and each day I got to see how the Lord uses The River Church to minister to lost and broken people. I got to be on the front lines as this church “reaches” into prisons and jails to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to men and women that can give nothing in return. They are people who are so desperate to find peace in the midst of chaos and hope where there is no hope. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is only through a right relationship with God that we can have peace with Him.
It is no wonder then why the Apostle Paul was so fervent with his words in 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV), “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
It is pure irony that people shun a relationship with God in an attempt to find peace and yet the One they are pushing away is the only One in whom true peace can be found. If you are lost, be reconciled today. If you have strayed, be reconciled to a right relationship today. I want to leave you with the words from the purveyors of sage advice around the country, the bumper sticker, “No God, No Peace- Know God, Know Peace.”