Iraqi war protesters, hippies, and peace movements represent only a handful of the billions of people who yearn for a world where peace reigns. In spite of their desires, in the past century tens of millions of people have died in wars and hundreds of thousands have been victims of violent crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide, crime sprees, cybercrime, gang wars and malicious behaviour; all fuelled by human greed, jealousy and vindictiveness. This commentary underlines the prophet Isaiah’s words, “There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked” (Isaiah 57:21). Try as we may, lasting peace is impossible at the world level and even the individual level.
However, peace is not an impossible dream. God desires that every person would have peace in their own hearts, peace with their fellow man and especially peace with God. However, this peace does not come from human efforts – it is a gift from God that must be received by faith.
To find this peace we must first acknowledge our restless sinful natures. We can never be satisfied, because our spiritually empty hearts are always seeking something more attractive, or living in fear, or envying others.
God has provided a basis for removing the greatest cause of our unrest; the guilt and the penalty that our sins deserve. God provided the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Saviour and the source of peace with God. Centuries before Christ’s coming, Isaiah spoke of Him as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). After His death and resurrection, Peter preached “peace through Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:36) and Paul referred to Him as the one who “made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20).
While He was on earth the Lord Jesus brought peace and health to people who were suffering. During His sufferings at Calvary, He endured God’s judgment for sin and made a basis of peace that will be imparted to everyone who trusts in Him. You may have many disturbances in your life – unemployment, marriage problems, sickness, finances, legal issues, to name a few. However, if by faith you accept the salvation and pardon that the Lord Jesus Christ offers, your heart will be filled with “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7) even in the midst of these circumstances. Why not stop striving to manufacture peace? Rest on the reconciliation and peace provided by the Lord Jesus Christ today.
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