Peace in Conflict

I’m realizing more and more that I love peace. With all the conflict going on in the world, I find myself uneasy and at times wrapped up in fear. There are nights I find sleep eluding me. I wonder what life will be like for my kids. I read 2 Timothy 4 about the end of the world and I wonder if my kids will have a strong enough foundation in Christ to stand in those hard times.  I wonder how much we will have to see and endure.

photoYou see, I grew up in easy America. It was ok and very much socially expected to go to church and have a religion. Now, it seems our faith and morals are being attacked on every side. For a person who loves harmony, this kind of hatred of what was once accepted throws me.  This morning I read in Psalms 122 where the psalmist writes about peace.  I long for that!  My Bible commentary defined peace as completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection. I want all those things in my life! In fact, I seek them as they create balance in my life.

The key in life is to have these things not only when the external life looks peaceful, but also when the external is crazy and unknown. Our peace can only be found in God. I’ll have to admit that I’ve not had to practice having that peace while the world is in conflict that directly effects me. These are skills something I have to work on growing.

I wonder as Americans how we will react to direct conflict. Will we turn to God as the true source of everything including our peace? Will we trust Him even when our world is not easy? I pray that we have the faith like Paul that rises up even if we are found in the worst circumstances. I pray that we will remain strong and dedicated to our precious God.

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