Sunday, September 03, 2006

He Didn't Have A Plan To Win The Peace

War begets war begets war and no one is safe. Children are dying and it’s hard to get anyone to stop shooting long enough to care.
The chances for Peace are fleeting like Summer in September, and the fault lies with strict adherence to a game plan that is not working.

There. Have I summed up the main points of those who do not believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and the Savior of the world? It’s hard to believe that He is in control of the world when there is so much chaos and pain, suffering going on. Hard to believe, that is, if you don’t actually believe that He is God.

Consider this. Man is living in a fallen, corrupted world. Sin actually put us in opposition to God, makes us God’s enemies. But Jesus does have a plan to win the Peace, end our war with God, and His game plan took Him to a cross on a hill known as Golgotha.

When you hear of unrest anywhere in the world, ask yourself if it is caused by sin. Keep a copy of the 10 Commandments nearby while watching TV or surfing the news, and put a checkmark next to the Commandments as they are broken.
Palestinians want Israeli land? Coveting.
Iraqi insurgents killing everybody? Shalt not kill.
Iran wanting to nuke Israel for Allah? You shall have no other God before Me.
You get the idea. You’re not seeing random acts of violence. Or calculated acts of terror. You are seeing Sin. Sinners working out their own destruction. And that Sin has an expiration date.
A man’s individual sinning is finished only when he dies. But Sin itself in all of its permutations: Hate, War, Evil, Injustice, etc. will be wiped out when our Lord returns and wipes it out.
It is an article of faith for Christians that God is taking care of us, working out things in this world for our benefit. That doesn’t mean that everything is pleasant, or that we will never have troubles. We have buckets of troubles, even as Christians. But sometimes the troubles we endure are put in our lives to draw us closer to God, build our faith through struggles and tribulations. And I guarantee you that it is hard to see God’s plan for our lives when, for example, a child dies. That hits us where we live. But no matter whether or not we can understand His purposes, our lives belong to Him, and we must trust in His Sovereignty.

37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass,
Unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That both good and ill go forth?
39 Why should any living mortal, or any man,
Offer complaint in view of his sins?
40 Let us examine and probe our ways,
And let us return to the LORD.
Lamentations 3:37-40

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