In an ever-changing competitive world, people strive to have the best they can afford. The best education, the best properties, the best cars, the best job (etc.); no one wants to settle for less if they think they are worth more.
We are a generation that has accumulated much to our comfort and placed our confidence in our wealth and possessions; however, none of these are worth enjoying without peace and stability. Peace and stability are often preconditions that enable us to enjoy these material blessings in life.
In the last week, we have been reminded of the significance of peace in our world, as we have watched Hamas attack Israel and the heavy retaliation from Israel that ensued. In the conflict, we have seen innocent people on both sides dying needlessly or suffering in agonising pain. We have seen how entire livelihoods, wealth and assets that took years to build, have been destroyed in a moment of war.
The author of Proverbs said, “Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil. Better a dish of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred”. Proverbs 15:16-17
These proverbs remind us of the value of peace and living a quiet life, as opposed to a life of abundance with much turmoil. Peace and stability are to be cherished and desired both personally and communally.
But sadly, in our fallen sinful world, there are many forces beyond our control that will seek to rob us of our peace. Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world”. John 16:33
As we hear of wars and rumours of wars, let us take comfort in the words of our Lord and Saviour, as we draw strength and peace from Him. Let us also be reminded of the eternal bliss that await those who are in Christ Jesus. But for now, let us “pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” (Psalm 122:6); and let us also pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1) including the Palestinians.