Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 33:10-17

The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. (v. 17)

Whenever I’m in a good mood and I want to snap out of it, I think about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. There are more than 50,000 of them out there, at hair-trigger readiness. The more nations prepare for nuclear war, and arm themselves for it, the closer we come to its occurrence.

Unfortunately, having bitten the nuclear apple, there is no returning to innocence. Even if, by God’s grace, nations dismantled their nuclear weapons, the ability to make them will from now on, forever and ever, be part of the storehouse of human knowledge. That’s why the words of the psalmist need to imprint themselves in our minds: “The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.” Christians need to hear, with new urgency, the words of Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Not peace-hopers. Not peace-yearners. Not peace-wanters. Peacemakers. Peace doesn’t just come. It has to be made.

Peacemaking is hard, and peacemakers are few. It is easier to nurse a grudge than to seek reconciliation. Seek peace and the world will call you a sentimentalist or a coward. But Christ calls you “children of God.”

PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.