“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
No matter the efforts, the world and its inhabitants are unable to attain peace. In the last five thousand years, there have been at least 14,000 wars. In the past four centuries alone, the Western world has entered into 8,000 peace treaties — each one averaging a two-year “life expectancy.”
One author put it best when he said peace was only a period of time when everyone stopped to reload! Humorous though it may be, the world seems to use the interludes between wars to gear up for the next round of conflict.
It isn’t any wonder to us that Isaiah, in his prophetic book of the Bible, called Jesus Christ the “Prince of Peace.” Christ is the one and only remedy for a violent and corrupt world, and He has promised to be that remedy to all who believe on His name. So why do people refuse Him? If they want peace so badly, why won’t they reach out and take it?
Why? Simply because the world wants peace without the Prince!
The prophet Jeremiah decried the lack of peace in his own generation, as people sought their own solutions apart from God. In chapter 6:10–14, he wrote,
“...Behold, their ears are closed and they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.... For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.”
In other words, “Everyone in my generation and among my people is consumed with greed. They desire more and more gain, and all of them, from the leadership down, are living deceitful lives — lying to one another, deceiving one another, and deceiving themselves in the process.”
This is the grim portrait of society — Jeremiah’s and ours.
People talk about peace, but they don’t have it. They patch things together for a few weeks or months, but it doesn’t last very long. That’s because they have rejected the Prince — the only One capable of providing peace on earth.
The world hasn’t changed much since Jeremiah’s day. Men still reject God and His Word, making small talk about peace but never experiencing the real thing. World leaders can hold one peace summit after another, sign peace treaties repeatedly, and pass as many resolutions in the UN as can be voted, but the problem will never be solved.
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1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
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