READ : Isaiah 2:1-5
There appears to be no end to wars. In the last 100 years Americans have known World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and now the War on Terrorists. Our military fought on bloody battlefields and city streets. There are also wars between people. Small wars erupt in marriage, the office and the classroom.
Sin causes wars. Greed, jealousy, selfish ambition, and hate are evil. Rarely do wars solve disagreements. Wars do, however, leave a trail of destruction. Hospital emergency rooms in the United States treat one and one-half million victims of violence each year. Hostile feelings between family and friends are literally dangerous.
No wonder the hope announced by the prophet Isaiah grips our attention. “Nation will not take up the sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (2:4). Will that not be a great day? But will I ever see it? Yes. It is God’s final design for human life. Further, peace is possible even now when warring parties bow to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Only the gift of Christ and his Spirit can take the war out of us.
Jesus Christ, give peace where there is war on earth, and between me and the person I now name to you. Amen.