9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Verse 9 rightly follows verse 8 because you cannot have one without the other. Someone who has a pure heart and one that is free from deceit and guile probably has internal peace as well. Who then is better to negotiate peace among arguing factions than someone who is totally at peace?
We are certainly entering into an age where world peace and coming together seems to be “all the rage.” While we should applaud it, it comes with a basketful of strings. It’s certainly not the peace of God, but the absence of war and nations coming together in an unsettling way.
For the last month I’ve been saying this, but it still holds true: we are entering unchartered waters and governments are seeing just how far they can push before there is pushback from the masses. It’s difficult to gauge just what is going on because there’s a lot of conflicting news and data.
What does this all have to do with peace? Well, it seems to be peace at the price of liberty, and it’s only peaceful on their terms. There seems to be an undercurrent of tension and anxiety in the world lately.
We will certainly need the peace of God that passes understanding to get through this because it will get much worse before it gets better, I’m afraid.
I hope I’m wrong about it, but one thing remains: God’s in control of it all.
Still and Always.