Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85:8-9
This story was shared with me by an elder of a church in Iowa.
He told me of how his young daughter was concentrating so hard on her homework that he got curious enough to interrupt and ask her what she was doing.
Without missing a beat or looking up, she said, "I'm writing a report on war in the world and how we can make peace."
Impressed by the intensity of the subject and the forcefulness of her answer, the father respectfully asked, "Isn't that a pretty big job for a young lady, like yourself?"
"Nope," she answered, "And, besides, I don't have to do it myself. I'm working on it with two others."
"Peace on earth and good will toward men," how wonderful it would be if peace on earth could be brought about by three, very sincere people.
But that's not the case, is it? In spite of our most sincere efforts, our most ardent wishes, wars, hatred, and prejudice are still very real. The problems that separate us are immense. Peace -- both nationally and personally -- seems illusive.
So, what's the problem?
Maybe, just maybe, it's because there aren't three working together.
That's right There aren't three. God works for peace. He's first and He's foremost. So that we might be forgiven, so we might have eternal peace, He sent His Son to seek and save us. Now, because of what Jesus has done, all who believe on Him will have peace eternally. So, as we said, "God is number one."
I imagine we would be number two. Most of us, most of the time, work for peace. But the devil, he ruins things. He always has.
And until the day God kicks him out of our lives, the job is just not going to get done. So, until that day arrives, our job is to remain faithful and make sure the Holy Spirit keeps us on the side of the Lord.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we have, through Your Son, seen how much You love peace. When the world was created, it was filled with peace, and after Judgment Day, all who believe will have unending peace. Now, as much as I am able, let me share Your peace with others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries