MICAH 4:1-3: “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: There is a “Day” coming. A “Day” of the restoration of all things. A “Day” of peace and security. A “Day” when all nations shall come, and say: “Come let us to up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.”
Yet, today, we are living between the “Cross” and that coming “Day”.
I can remember the atomic bomb drills I use to have to go through as a small child in gradeschool. The siren would go off, and then we would all have to get under our desks in a huddled position. This was during the height of the “Cold War”, during the threat of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. No child should ever have to huddle in fear under their desk wondering if this was the day that everything was going to end!
My daughter did not have to go through this type of fear growing up. Yet, she has witnessed the ever increasing tensions in the world around us. She has watched as two planes crashed into the twin towers on September 11, 2001, and witnessed the aftermath of terrorism crossing onto our own shores. Perhaps this is much worse than a small child huddled under his desk. Yet, the result is all the same. There remains a hunger for peace and an uncertainty of the future.
One has aptly said, “There will be no peace – without the Prince of Peace”! Ultimate world peace will one day be a reality. However, it will not come through the election of the next President of the United States. It will not come with the convening of the United Nations. It will not come through a political party or the enlightenment of education. All of these things have one factor that dooms them to constant failure. That factor is – SIN. Sin assures us that man’s attempts, albeit as noble as they can be, will eventually veer off course. Man left to himself will always arrive at the same destination. This cycle will continue – until the “Day”!
So what can we do in the mean time. We are now living between the “Cross” and the “Day”. First, we can begin to live in the peace that Jesus Christ has promised to all those who believe.
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 ESV)
The peace that we have in Jesus Christ is not dependent upon the circumstances of life, or the condition of our world. It is a peace that comes from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the abiding truth of His Word. Jesus told us plainly – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)
Next, we should live as “peacemakers”! Jesus said – ““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9 ESV) A believer in Jesus Christ does not sit idly by as the world goes to hell in a handbasket. Rather – they work for peace, they live for peace, they extend peace, they proclaim peace! They support everything that reflects the true heart of God which is peace! And most importantly, they proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, inviting others to be saved – and meet the true Prince of Peace!
Lord, help me to be a “peacemaker” in all that I do! Grant me grace and boldness to stand for that which promotes peace, and to proclaim the Gospel of Peace through Jesus Christ. As I wait for the “Day” – let me live in Your Peace each and every “day”!
In Jesus Name!