Our Best Hope for Peace
As calamities, atrocities and disasters of all kinds continually emerge throughout different parts of the world, the need for peace becomes progressively amplified. The inescapable truth is that the same peace which humanity has sought repeatedly throughout the last two millennia is still not found in anything under the sun. In fact, as mere mortal beings we are utterly incapable of ever attaining this life-transforming peace because we ourselves are spiritually-depraved. Like Romans 3:10 tells us,
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Contrary to the popular espoused beliefs within our morally-relativistic society, we all fall exceedingly short of the glory of God. With this being said, I can confidently say that as a fallen human race we have been approaching our political, economic, moral, racial, and social/societal conflicts all from the wrong angle. There is nothing new under the sun, friends. The harsh reality is that whether we want to acknowledge it or not, evil has always manifested itself throughout history. The only real difference today is that we are consciously-aware of it due to our heightened accessibility of information. We are, and always have been, living in a world which is in a state of total depravity…things are not about to change, at least in this age.
1 John 2: 17 reminds us of the following,
The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
The world does not need new forms of behavioral modification methods which are endlessly promoted within educational, and even religious institutions. What the world does need, however, is not found in anything under the sun, but rather it is found through reconciliation with the Creator of the Universe. Before we can ever be at peace with one another, we first need to be at peace with God. Out of God’s abundant provision of mercy and grace, He freely makes this reconciliation possible through His Son, Jesus by paving the Way for His creation to experience a deep soul resurrection(John 3:3-9). Everything that we need for perfect reconciliation is found when we surrender our lives to Christ Jesus, Who then imputes His righteousness onto us.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21,
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus already paid all of our debts in full when He willingly chose to die for all who would simply believe on His finished work. Because of His finished and all-sufficient work of atonement, we are now reconciled to God(2 Cor. 5:20)! Only the glorious power of the Gospel is capable of changing our hearts because it is Christ Alone Who can ultimately change our affections! We truly change when God reorders the things we love in life, which can only happen inwardly within our hearts (Ezekiel 36:25-26).
At the core, it is about making God our Supreme Treasure and our absolute most. As we submit and trust in God, God’s Spirit begins to work through His sanctifying grace to mold us into “…a new creation; [for] the old has gone, the new has come!(2 Cor. 5:17). What is indescribably beautiful is that, in addition to salvation which God freely provides, God adopts us into His family as His blood-bought sons and daughters(1 John 3:1). Consequently, He is the One who works alongside us through His abiding presence of His indwelling Spirit. In doing so, He’s creating these good desires within us leaving us with zero room for boasting like Paul repeatedly teaches us within his ministry.
I pray that instead of looking for hope aimlessly in the wrong places that we instead raise the white flag and let You begin your heart-transforming work within us. Help us to admit and acknowledge our spiritual brokenness and frailty. While the intentions may be good for many individuals earnestly seeking change through activism and moral reform of various kinds, humble and teach us to seek You first. Then guide us to submit to You and lean on Your strength in all our ways!
Let us constantly remember and cling to the glorious promise which You made below in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
…If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
In Jesus’ Mighty and Precious Name, I pray Amen!