We live in turbulent times.
In North America, over 40 million people are diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. There seems to be sabre-rattling between North Korea and America. There are natural disasters. Terror attacks continue in Las Vegas, Manhattan, and elsewhere. Plus, the past 100 years have been plagued with global conflict.
All of this amplifies the need for peace. But how do we get there?
And how do followers of Jesus help make it happen?
Last week I was drawn to 2 Chronicles 7:12-14 (ESV). When King Solomon had finished building the beautiful temple in Jerusalem, God spoke these words to him:
“I have heard your prayer… if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Since God was talking about the temple, his people are to be a people of worship. They are to humble themselves, pray, seek his face, and turn from their wicked ways. And then, God will hear, forgive, and heal their land.
I realize that was 3000 years ago, and that the Jerusalem temple has been built, destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed and rebuilt again. But there is something enduring about those words.
No matter what is happening in the society around us, we can be a people of worship, of humility, of prayer, of seeking God’s face, and of turning from our evil ways and back toward the path of love.
That is a legitimate way to advance world peace. No matter what age we live in.
You can’t always have a say in what happens AROUND you; but you can have a say in what happens THROUGH you.
November 11 is getting close. It’s a time not only to look back and be thankful, but to look forward toward a future of peace. Let’s be a part of the healing our world so desperately needs.
No matter the chaos around you, Christ can shine through you.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday message at Westminster. It’s called “How to advance world peace.” You can listen in here. Enjoy!