Living Apostolic in San Antonio

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When “World Peace” Looks More Like “World Pieces”

One glance at the headlines is all that’s needed nowadays to ruin your day.

War in the Middle East…genocide in Africa…drug violence and political instability in South and Central America…millions of unborn children slaughtered in the U.S. and around the world…and a global economy that seems bent on self-destructing….Aside from the occasional insertion of positive stories like the heroic actions of our troops in Iran and Afghanistan and heart-warming accounts like the incredible survival of the victims of the Hudson River crash, there’s not much in the news to encourage us.

Add to this the stress of just trying to survive in the feverish, stressed-out pressure cooker of a weakening job market…keeping up with the payments on the house and the car…keeping the kids in school….Life today is not for cowards.

Sometimes we wonder, “Where’s God in all of this? Isn’t Jesus the Prince of Peace?”

The answer is, God is right here — right where He’s always been. Although He is indeed the Prince of Peace, Jesus has never forced His will on anyone. He always respects our choices…and it’s man’s choices that have led to each of the crises I mentioned above.

But while He will not force peace on a world whose hearts are unregenerate and whose inner greed and selfishness push them to aggression and violence, Jesus does offer overwhelming peace to anyone who desires it. In fact, the Scriptures refer to the peace He gives as “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

There really is something to the old axiom, “Know Jesus, know peace; no Jesus, no peace.”


February 11, 2009 - Posted by | Reflections

1 Comment »

  1. I hear you. God is with us all the time either in a small or large capacity.Here is why. For a huge majority of us finances is a burden. When praying I lay the financial burden for God so that he may show me how to deal with it.
    For the past several weeks the hospital unit I work at has been full with patients holding a capacity of 32.Meaning we need more nurses to care for the sick. But because for the past several months we have had the staffing for this, it has been hard to take on extra shifts. Well,recently for various reasons a few nurses are leaving for other assignments. This has put holes in the schedule where extra
    nurses are needed and thats where I was able to schedule myself for extra shifts from now to the end of March. Also
    contracts have been put into play where I can earn extra money on top of what I’m already earning. Sure having to work an extra 12 hrs is hard but God never said that he would make it easier when our prayers are being answered.So yes God is with us every day we just need to call on him and be prepared for whatever he gives us. Praise God!

    Comment by mramsey | February 16, 2009 | Reply

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