In further considering what it would take to create a world of peace, we turn our focus to an idea which has not been fully embraced. ( Contemplating Peace 1 found here: https://withintheholyspirit.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/contemplating-peace-1/ ) We read in Isaiah 26:3. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Every characteristic we consider desirable has its origin in one Source – our infinite Heavenly Father and Creator of all that is. Peace is something desired by most (other than those who gain money or power by promoting conflict).
There have been many peace movements, especially since the 1960’s. We’ve seen everything from hippies, sure to wear some flowers in their hair while grazing in the grass, to the polar opposites with a lot of brass on their uniforms, making war in the name of making peace. If I recall correctly, they were referred to as “peacekeepers”. From “doves” to “hawks”, all have their ideas about how to get some kind of peace. The foremost authority in Eastern religions says that when there is peace among all religions, there will be peace in the world. The question is, how will that come about when those religions are covertly or openly hostile to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace?
That covers social movements, politics and military, and world religions. Yet where is the solution to lasting peace?
Now we still find ourselves (this time globally) in the same situation Jeremiah addressed so long ago, “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:13, 14)
In other words, this kind of human, temporary peace is really a charade to promote the illusion of peace, while the reality is largely cunning, covetousness, conflict, coercion, complicity, competition, control, and confusion – no peace at all! Thus was the “daughter of My people” healed only slightly. There can be no true peace while all these “c’s” are raging.
This is the way of man separated from his Creator-Father. We put bandaids (our solutions not provided through God’s Word, the Mind of Christ, and the Still Small Voice!) on festering cancers and call it a cure… peace, peace when there really is no peace.
When we are still on our prodigal’s journey, we have walked away from the Source of lasting and true peace (and all other life answers), distancing ourselves from Him, as we sing I Did It My Way.
Consequently we are on the verge of thermonuclear war, in yet another chapter in the endless saga of conflicts besetting our little blue-green jewel of a planet, lush with lifeforms who must, at some level, hope that this world’s assigned keepers – we humans – will somehow manage to make enough peace to sustain the life of all here.
Paradoxically we cannot have this lasting, life sustaining peace when our minds are fixed on peace, when we adulate peace, and nearly worship peace. Peace itself can become just another god standing in the way of God’s perfect peace!
Instead our minds must be “stayed” on our Lord, the Source of perfect peace – being found within Him as one, through redemption by the Prince of Peace! It begins when self is reckoned dead in the crucifixion of Jesus, and the Prince of Peace rules in and through us.
To begin with, “now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” (Ephesians 2:13,14) But it doesn’t stop here with merely affirming it is so…
The only way to perfect peace, lasting peace, and the peace that passes all understanding is through daily and consistently surrendering ourselves and our lives to our Elder Brother’s gift of Himself to us, to our redemption and all that it means. This is where we are restored to our Heavenly Father and the life for which we were created from the beginning – a life characterized by perfect peace.
In Him alone must be where our minds are “stayed”, as we live by His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Him alone is perfect peace.
Thus we are admonished to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
In closing for now, dear reader, I bid you perfect peace: “shalom shalom” (שלם שלם)…