Our planet seems to be wrapped in wars, rumors of wars, and the fear that we will never be able to end the threats and actions of terrorists. Caution and fear are now a way of life, and the hope for a calm and peaceful life is gone forever. We are reminded that “the war to end all wars” really did not meet our expectations. We live from one day to the next expecting that a new war might begin at any moment. Then, there are the “wars” between people.
“I am for peace!” cried the Psalmist. He knew and had experienced the horror of war. He was, as we are, “war-weary” and wanted things to be different. Notice that just before he called for peace, he wrote, “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.” What did he mean when he said he lived among people who would choose war over peace? Do some people want a war-filled world?
War is the result of deception and deceit, greed and covetousness. It is a reflection of those who have not accepted the peace that comes from God through Christ. It had its beginning in the self-centeredness of Adam and Eve and has infected every individual since then. We see it not only among nations but between individuals: “If you have it and I don’t, I’ll take it and make it mine!”
All of this is a result of the infectious nature of sin. Whether the “war” is between individuals or nations, its effect will last until Christ returns. Then, we'll have peace.
What are we to do until then? Allow the peace of God to dwell in our hearts and control our lives. His peace will protect us from those who refuse His grace and mercy.
Prayer: Lord, we long for Your peace - in our hearts and in Your world. Help us to be peacemakers in a world that doesn’t seem to want peace. Come quickly and calm our every fear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7