I have a confession to make: I can be a world-class worrywart. I mean, seriously…I can analyze any given situation and come up with a billion problems that might arise. And not in a healthy, preventative way either. I’m talking stomach-churning, insomnia-producing worry. Not just about major life events like birth, death, and how to make the next mortgage payment. I can totally wig out over stocking stuffers, cookie-baking, and what I’ll wear to the church Christmas program.
Do you ever stress like that? (Please say you do, or I’ll have to stress over the fact that I stress more than you do.) Since I don’t need one more thing to freak out about, I’m going to assume you can relate. As humans, we experience turmoil. We worry. We fret.
Then we read the Christmas story, all about Jesus, God’s glorious gift to mankind. And guess what? There’s nothing in the whole Baby-in-a-Manger section that says we should lose sleep over whether our fake Christmas tree actually looks fake. Nope, the Bible’s sole focus is on Jesus.
In fact, Luke 2:14 says that when Jesus was born, a whole multitude of angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” The God of the universe stooped down in the incarnation of His Son to bring us peace…not worry, not stress, not anxiety. Peace.
In his beautiful Messianic prophecy, Isaiah gives us a title for Jesus that we worrywarts desperately need to remember. He says, “…his name shall be called…The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the Prince of Peace who came to free us from the bondage of sin and death. As God’s children, why should we freak out over every little (or big) thing that comes along?
For those times when we’re tempted to worry, God provides a better option: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). When we feel worry creeping in, God tells us to pray. He says to give Him our anxiety, and in exchange, He grants us His peace. What an amazing swap!
Fellow worrywarts, as January’s credit card bills and the latest school shootings seek to raise stress in our hearts, let’s not give in to it. Instead, let’s bask in the Father’s gift—Jesus, the Prince of Peace.