Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Looking for Peace on 911

Today political pundits will tell us we have become more suspicious and fearful since Al Qaeda’s attack on the twin towers 12 years ago: TSA inspects shoes and underwear, while NSA monitors private emails and phone calls. And on the global front, London Times diplomatic editor Roger Boyes captures the mood: “The direction in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran should keep us awake at night.”

So, then, while the earthlings are trying hard today not to be engulfed in dread and anxiety, let us take solace in the fact that a day is coming when the Prince of Peace will establish His government, put an end to war, and bring about everlasting peace (Is. 9:6-7).

And while the peace of God is not yet cosmically realized, it is certainly personally available. “My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15). The peace Jesus promised and Paul commanded is a settled state of inner rest that nothing can disturb. “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You” (Is. 26:3). “Let not your heart be troubled” today (Jn. 14:1).

1 comment:

  1. Good morning Greg,
    Good post for 9/11.
    And as one of the US founders once said, those who give up freedom for security deserve neither. The presence of armed personnel in public locations does not bring peace, either externally or internally.
    The heart of the matter is peace. The spiritual enemy of peace offers a cheaper, more immediate drug.
    In a grand paradox that is typical of the relationship with God, God's peace costs both nothing and everything. It cannot be bought or sold, but the recipient must give up the death grip on whatever is dear to attain it.
    God's peace be with you.
    Larry Q