Iraqi war protesters, hippies, andÂ peace movements represent onlyÂ a handful of the billions of peopleÂ who yearn for a world where peaceÂ reigns. In spite of their desires, inÂ the past century tens of millions ofÂ people have died in wars and hundredsÂ of thousands have been victims ofÂ violent crimes, ethnic cleansing,Â genocide, crime sprees, cybercrime,Â gang wars and malicious behaviour;Â all fuelled by human greed, jealousyÂ and vindictiveness. This commentaryÂ underlines the prophet Isaiahâ€™s words,Â â€œThere is no peace, says my God, for theÂ wickedâ€ (Isaiah 57:21). Try as we may,Â lasting peace is impossible at the worldÂ level and even the individual level.
However, peace is not an impossibleÂ dream. God desires that every personÂ would have peace in their own hearts,Â peace with their fellow man andÂ especially peace with God. However,Â this peace does not come from humanÂ efforts – it is a gift from God that mustÂ be received by faith.
To find this peace we must firstÂ acknowledge our restless sinful natures.Â We can never be satisfied, because ourÂ spiritually empty hearts are alwaysÂ seeking something more attractive, orÂ living in fear, or envying others.
God has provided a basis for removingÂ the greatest cause of our unrest; the guiltÂ and the penalty that our sins deserve.Â God provided the Lord Jesus Christ toÂ be the Saviour and the source of peaceÂ with God. Centuries before Christâ€™sÂ coming, Isaiah spoke of Him as theÂ â€œPrince of Peaceâ€ (Isaiah 9:6). After HisÂ death and resurrection, Peter preachedÂ â€œpeace through Jesus Christâ€ (Acts 10:36)Â and Paul referred to Him as the one whoÂ â€œmade peace through the blood of His crossâ€Â (Colossians 1:20).
While He was on earth the Lord JesusÂ brought peace and health to people whoÂ were suffering. During His sufferings atÂ Calvary, He endured Godâ€™s judgment forÂ sin and made a basis of peace that willÂ be imparted to everyone who trusts inÂ Him. You may have many disturbancesÂ in your life – unemployment, marriageÂ problems, sickness, finances, legal issues,Â to name a few. However, if by faithÂ you accept the salvation and pardonÂ that the Lord Jesus Christ offers, yourÂ heart will be filled with â€œ…the peace ofÂ God, which surpasses all understanding…â€Â (Philippians 4:7) even in the midst ofÂ these circumstances. Why not stopÂ striving to manufacture peace? Rest onÂ the reconciliation and peace provided byÂ the Lord Jesus Christ today.
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