Don’t you long for it?
Are you tired of the conflict in our world? The opposite of peace is hostility, and we are seeing it up close and personal everywhere we look. Hostility between political parties. Hostility between races. Hostility between those who govern and those who are governed. Hostility between family members. Hostility between nations. Hostility between neighbors. And saddest of all, hostility between the world and the One who created it.
My heart longs for the world to have peace, but I know that the price of that peace is going to be high. One day, the world will be at peace. Jesus will rule, physically, from His throne in Jerusalem. The Bible tells us He is going to reclaim the title deed to the earth He made and take back what rightfully belongs to the only One who can judge and rule in righteousness and justice.
The things happening in our world are not accidental. They are not coincidental. They are not happening by chance. Truly, there is a convergence of signs the Bible talks about which indicates our world is entering the last days. God’s plan for humanity, as revealed in Scripture, is unfolding. Skeptical? I understand. But don’t let your skepticism keep you from seeking the truth.
We can have peace today, in our spirit and soul, even when everything around us is the very opposite of peace. Peace happens when we surrender to Christ, accepting what He did on the cross to reconcile us back to God. In Christ, we are at peace with God, and we have the peace of God.
There’s no other way. All attempts from man to create peace apart from God will end in destruction and chaos. Satan is a thief, and he delights in what is happening in our world. We are not fighting each other; we are fighting a spiritual war, against spiritual entities. He is a thief and comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, and to keep you from experiencing and knowing God, and enjoying the eternal life He gave His life to purchase for you.
Jesus came to bring us life, a life that is abundant and eternal. (John 10:10)
Jesus came to bring us light so that we will not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)
Jesus came to bring us peace so that we will not be fearful. (John 14:27)
Life. Light. Peace. Isn’t that what you really want?
But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” – Romans 10:8-11