Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Peace for our time?

The headline today says “Peace for Our Time.”  When have we heard that before?  Here’s a headline from 75 years ago:

1938: ‘Peace for our time’ – Chamberlain

The British Prime Minister has been hailed as bringing “peace to Europe” after signing a non-aggression pact with Germany.

Look at the date and remember what happened shortly after this optimistic pronouncement.  Think about the trustworthiness of the other party in the agreement.

I’ve been reading the writings of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, in which God says this about the leaders of His people:

They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when I punish them,”
says the LORD.  (Jeremiah 6:14-15)

And within a few years that nation was indeed wiped out by a powerful enemy.

So today do we actually believe that world leaders will bring us real peace?  Only the Prince of Peace can do that—Jesus Christ.  He has come once to capture our hearts, and He will return again soon to capture all nations and set up the only kind of peaceful kingdom this world will ever know.

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