I’ve always been a peace-maker, sometimes to a fault.
Why can’t we just all get along?
It seems so simple, yet from the very beginning men have chosen strife over peace.
From the first recorded murder in Genesis 4, to today’s top news that there is a hit list out for the lives of U.S. Service members, world peace seems to be an unlikely event.
Remember this 70s commercial? When all the world needed was an ice-cold Coke?
The whole world singing together in perfect harmony, wearing hand-made jumpers, with long, flowing hair blowing in the wind…love it!
So many of us remember that commercial and can still sing that song, but not much has happened in the area of world peace. I guess an ice-cold Coke isn’t the magic potion after all.
In the late 1800s, a man named Alfred Nobel, (ironically known for the invention of dynamite), left the bulk of his wealth to start an annual award that would eventually become the Nobel Peace Prize. It was his dying wish that honor be given to people who, “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Since then, The Nobel Peace Prize has found its way into the hands of those who have made great efforts for humanity. Orphans,widows, and many others have benefitted from the hard work of these peacemakers throughout history, yet the world still remains in a state of war.
So what are we missing? As a people, a nation, a world? Is it an ice-cold Coke and a song?
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself with be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
World peace is a very unlikely event with men. But with God, it is not only possible, it is a promise.
If all the world believed those prophetic verses in the book of Revelation, how might that change things? If our hope was in the fact that there will be a day when there is no more death, sorrow and pain, how would that impact the amount of death, sorrow and pain today?
I’d like to suggest that the first step toward world peace is BELIEF.
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart…that if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…’Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’ “(Romans 10:8-11)
If you are still reading, God bless you! It tells me you are not only interested in peace, you are searching for a better way.
Dear One, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Prince of Peace. All of our feeble attempts have failed to create a world we would like to live in. But He promises a world that is far beyond our wildest imagination…far beyond our idealistic notions of joy and happiness and contentment.
Do you know Him?
This video from the late Dr. S.M. Lockridge is the most powerful description I’ve ever seen…Please don’t skip it.
What can I possibly add to that? Perhaps just this…
If you are struggling with belief, have more questions, or are ready to accept the One who is our true peace, then please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would truly love to hear from you today. And as we all hope and pray for world peace, know that it begins here…with you and me…and hearts that believe.
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