Studying War

Diane Bloem

READ : Isaiah 2:1-5

Strangled peace efforts have struggled to survive in the Middle East for decades. Ethnic hostility seems undying in Ireland, the Baltics, and some African countries. We have had cold wars and hot spots in international relations. Troops are deployed to present a warning presence in various parts of the world. Terrorists must be outsmarted and thwarted. A ready military force must be maintained as a deterrent to possible war.

In military academies such as West Point, battle strategies are studied for earthly warfare. And more and more books are published about spiritual warfare.

It is possible for people to become so obsessed with secular and spiritual war, that they only focus on training for conflict. It is possible to forget that war should be waged with the goal of establishing peace. An even more subtle danger is an undercurrent of revenge that feeds the preoccupation with war.

In God’s ideal plan, nations will come to Him to be taught His ways. “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many nations.” And one course will be removed from the curriculum: “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isa. 2:4). No more war colleges will be needed.

PRAYER

Lord, please help us to train for peace, to study ways to bring Your peace to warring people in our homes, our churches, our nations, and our world. Amen.