Peace Is Elusive
Of all of life’s aspirations, peace is most elusive. We look at our world, and we see nation pitted against nation. Political parties within the same nation treat each other like enemies. And then there are drug lords, terrorists, gangs, tribes, racists, right wing nationalists, left wing anarchists. They are everywhere and they are bizarre and their sole concern is to make sure they keep you and everyone who does not bow down to them in shame and fear and turmoil. And we are no better. We sing “Peace on earth, good will towards men,” but we can’t even shake hands with the people next door.
As bizarre as it sounds, what all of them– all of us— yearn for is a deep and abiding peace that lets us sleep tonight and look forward with hope for tomorrow.
Where Do I Find It?
You will not find peace in the places or in the ways you might expect. Some think that we can achieve it if we can just eliminate war. “Peace by deterrence!” was the motto back in the 1960’s when our own nation had intercontinental ballistic missiles called “Peacekeepers.” Others will seek it through wealth, or by conquering their enemies, or developing technology. Still others will look for it through personal detachment, or meditation or achievement. But at the end of the day all such attempts fail, and we are left with an inner frustration that can’t help but boil over into into more violence, frustration, depression or defeat.
The only pathway to true peace is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He owns it. He gives it to those who trust him. In John 14:27, Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” –John 14:27 (NLT).
So, to hear more, join us for worship at Forest Meadow Baptist Church on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 10:50 AM. Surely, you’ll be glad you did! If you can’t make it, watch the video by clicking on the link below.