Working as a Peacemaker
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
It’s been almost 50 years since former Beatle John Lennon wrote the song, Give Peace a Chance. The song became a popular anthem for the anti-Vietnam War movement that convinced Lyndon Johnson to step down as president. Yet years later, peace seems to stand less of a chance. Conflict reigns. Unrest is raging across the land. Anger is growing. People are divided and fearful of the future.
Peace won’t come through a popular chant, a catchy slogan, or the right political party holding office. Lasting peace depends on people knowing Me and working to become peacemakers in the world. And you will never sense My peace if you go through life grumbling and complaining, never thanking Me for anything, and looking for the worst to happen tomorrow.
So many of you go searching for peace through temporary means, whether it is parties, promotions, mind-altering substances, or finding your “soul mate.” It hurts me to know that you so often turn your back on Me when I am the solution to your problems and the lack of peace that you sense gnawing at you.
Turn to Me with thanks for the life I have given you and you will find more peace than you thought possible.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Have you ever tried praising Me with trumpets, strings, castanets, banjos, flutes, cymbals, bass drums, fiddles and mandolins as you dance? How would that change your outlook on life? How could the aftermath be peaceful?
- Watch this video: Did you have any peaceful thoughts as you watched? Where do you think lasting peace will come from?