[This is the tenth post in a series about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ (War and rumors of War)]
“War, what is it good for?”
The first line of Edwin Starr’s famous protest song hits me in the gut, right along with his emphatic “Huh!”
It brings to mind the troubling times of the Vietnam War, an era when we all knew someone who fought and died in the heartbreaking conflict.
During that time, young men lived with fear. Fear of being drafted, fear of losing their lives, fear of losing their friends. Fear lingered like the sickly-sweet smell of marijuana after a protest march. The rumors about what was happening “over there” were a constant source of anxiety.
It’s a tragedy, but war seems always to be with us.
Has any part of the world seen more war than the MIddle East? On a map of that area, the space representing the borders of Israel is so small it is hard to legibly write the name “Israel” on it.
Yet this tiny country continues to be the center of skirmishes and controversy. It is difficult to keep up with all the conflicts and schemes that are carried out against the Jewish people. Rockets are launched over their heads and terrorist tunnels are dug under their feet.
Jesus spoke to his disciples about war. While teaching about events leading up to His return he told them, “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled: for such things must happen. But the end is not yet” (Mark 13:7b, nkjv).
Since Jesus told them (and us) not to be troubled when thinking of war, it makes sense that He will show us the way of peace. He will be our sanctuary, our Rock, our hiding place during turbulent times.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”( Isaiah 26:3, nkjv).
God’s eternal peace is like a warm mountain rain that soothes a weary soul. It’s akin to the stillness of a quiet lake and the pure scent of Aspen that refreshes our being.
Inner peace gives us assurance. As conflicts escalate, we can be steady watchmen.
Are the nations of the world lining up according to Biblical prophecy? As political chess pieces move into place, we need to ask ourselves what it all means in relation to prophecy.
Israel is the key.
How will this all play out as we think about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?