“Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime” (2 Kings 21:19)?
All civilized people long for peace in the world. We long for an end to the horrible maiming, mutilation, and death that wars bring, and to the experiences that twist men’s minds, and leave them to be haunted by fearful nightmares. We long for the day to end when our patriotic young people return to their homeland in flag-draped caskets, when we hear taps echoing across lonely cemeteries, and we see tears streaming down the cheeks of young wives, mothers, and children.
We long for the day to come when the billions of dollars spent on war can be used to provide health care, food and shelter for the needy, education and training, and job opportunities for all those willing and able to work.
We long for peace in the hearts of people all over the world. Some people’s greatest conflict is within themselves. They are filled with guilt, fear, and worry; however, they need not feel this way. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, offers His peace to all. The Hebrew word “peace” in Isaiah 9:6 is the word “shalom.” Shalom means more than just the absence of conflict. It means the rich, harmonious, joyful life of those privileged to live in God’s kingdom. To have Christ is to have peace.
God’s Word tells us that as long as the world stands there shall be wars and rumors of wars. There is little, if anything, an individual can do to change that; however, every human being can enjoy the peace that God gives. It is personal, and it passes all understanding. It is a peace that one can have even in the midst of the storm. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).
The peace of Christ be with you.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People For the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.facebook.com/People.For.The.Christian.Way