Tuesday, may 14
sharing god’s hope: peace
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. [Isaiah 2:4]
Our greatest joys and deepest griefs often flow from the same source: our relationships with others. God, who is eternally relational, intended for us to live in community – “it is not good for man to be alone.” We long for family, friendship, love, and we will go to great lengths to obtain or preserve it. We did not lose that desire when we lost Eden, because God has woven it into our hearts.
But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, shame and conflict entered the world, and the damage they have caused to our relationships is staggering!
Now, intertwined with our longing for relationship is a longing for peace. Peace in our family. Peace in our friendships. Peace in our marriages. Peace in our community, our nation, our world.
The early Church, as described in Acts 4, is appealing to us because it speaks to our longings. Here was a community that lived in unity and shared all they had so that no one was in need. Doesn’t that sound like good news?
Isaiah 2:4 describes a time when peace will cover the world. As we wait for that day, we testify to God’s promises when we love each other and put others first. Share and bless. Support each other in our joys and our griefs. Practice humility. Strive to do what is right. Turn the other cheek.
“As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” [Romans 12:18]
QUESTION: Read Romans 12:10-21. Where do you see God’s future promises reflected in Paul’s directions to the Church?