13 NOVEMBER

WONDERFUL PEACE

Are you tired of wars, fighting, anger, and hatred based on ethnic or cultural differences?    What about those conflicts that originated with disagreements in religious ideologies?    Do you ever wish that the leaders of these warring factions would just sit down to a chess game to determine the winner, instead of killing innocent people, especially children, and young soldiers who had yet to live their lives?   When World War I happened, many called it “The Great War” because it was supposedly the “war that would end all wars”.    But just 20 years later, the results of that first World War would be the springboard for the Second World War!    And since that “great” war, not a decade has passed without some conflict which the major world powers either began or became involved in.     In addition to those are the many conflicts about which we hear little until there is some massive human toll, such as the recent and ongoing refugee crisis from the conflict in Syria, Iraq, and surrounding regions and the concurrent immigration crisis from various African countries.   We heard of Biafra Conflict in Nigeria in the 1960s and Darfur in West Sudan in the early 2000s.  Then there are those in Central and South America that get little news time because they don’t represent “our interests”, as well as the South Pacific region and various small countries in Asia… And so it continues…

It seems that, rather than improving opportunities for true peace, new technology allowing instant reporting on social networks, as well as news agencies,  only increases mistrust between previously allied entities.   Peace is an illusive, distant dream.   This shouldn’t surprise us, after all, Jesus told us this would happen:   “You will hear of wars, and you will hear rumors of wars, but you should not panic.   It is inevitable, this violent breaking apart of the sinful world, but remember, the wars are not the end.   The end is still unfolding.”  (Matthew 24:6   VOICE).    As Christians, we are blessed because we have the assurance of peace in our hearts.  The Bible holds many promises of peace such as:   “You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You.”   (Isaiah 26:3  KJV)  and “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”  (Psalm 29:11  KJV).   The peace we receive from God gives us resiliency to deal with problems that might send a non-believer into a tail spin, like losing a loved one or experiencing a natural disaster!   

My heart song today is one that speaks to me, deeply, whenever I meditate on God’s Word while listening to my favorite TuneIn Radio station, Hymns and Favorites:

“Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight

Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;

In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls

O’er my soul like an infinite calm.

REFRAIN:

Peace, peace, wonderful peace,

Coming down from the Father above!

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray

In fathomless billows of love!

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,

Buried deep in the heart of my soul,

So secure that no power can mine it away,

While the years of eternity roll!

I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,

Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;

For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,

And His glory is flooding my soul!

And I think when I rise to that city of peace,

Where the anchor of peace I shall see,

That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing

In that heavenly kingdom will be:

Ah, soul! are you here without comfort and rest,

Marching down the rough pathway of time?

Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;

O accept this sweet peace so sublime!”

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   (John 14:27   KJV).   Have a blessed day!