Many people around the world would prefer peace over war. It seems that the only ones who really want war are those who profit from it. However as much as it is desired, this precious “commodity” has been elusive for thousands of years. The Bible gives three basic reasons why the world lacks real peace.
Of humans Jeremiah 10:23 says: “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” Humans were not created to rule or govern without God’s help. Humans who do not seek God’s guidance or apply his principles, will never attain lasting peace. Peace is not simply the absence of war. Genuine peace involves the heart of men or his true motives. Who know this best than the true God above?
The second reason for the lack of world peace is found at 1 John 5:19. The apostle John said: “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” The invisible spirit known as Satan is the ruler of this corrupt world. Man’s efforts to gain peace will be frustrated by the actions of that very real demonic force and his followers here on earth. The world will enjoy real peace when these demonic influences are eliminated.
The United States of America spent trillions of dollars over the last decade to fight 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet there are merchant of war who are pushing the U.S. government to go to war with a third country in the Middle East. Quite fittingly the Bible at 2 Timothy 3:2 reads “People will love only themselves and money.” Selfishness and greed is a third reason why the world lack real peace.
In all walks of life, in rich and poor nations, family problems, racial and national strife, tribal and ethnic hatreds, oppression, injustice, sickness, and other unfortunate circumstances, rob people of their peace of mind.
The only true hope for real peace is God’s Kingdom in the hands of Christ Jesus. While on earth he demonstrated on a small scale what he is capable of doing. He fed the poor, healed the sick and brought the dead back to life. He will do all these and much more on a far grander scale when Satan and his evil empire are removed and God’s Kingdom is in full control.