Fear v. God: Peace through Destruction

“Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.” (Psalms 46:8-9)

How will God eventually bring peace to the entire world? How will he solve the problem of war in the end? The answer is simple: He will win.

fear_350Human nature is not improving. As much as we all long for peace, humanity is not capable of achieving lasting political peace apart from God. Left on our own, we would never reach that utopia, no matter how many peace summits we hold. Some king, some terrorist, some nation will always be ready and waiting to use destruction to get power.

So while God offers the hope of eternal peace and joy and purpose to each of us through faith in Jesus, he plans to end war by destroying war and war machines and warriors. He will bring peace in the end because nobody will be able to defeat him.

He is our God.

Think: How does the idea of God bringing peace through his destructive power fit with your idea of God? How does it fit with your idea of man? Do you believe that humanity would ever be able to bring an end to war without God?

Pray: Thank God that he is more powerful than war and that one day he will end all wars forever.

Do: Read Isaiah’s prophesy about the end of war in Isaiah 2:1-5.