Armed conflict between nations (war) will be ever present in this world. That is not to say we should not strive for peace but as long as their are some who do not receive the peace of Jesus it is impossible.
War is caused by sin which begins with conflict within each of us (James 4:1). Human nature is sinful and so natural progression would lead one to conclude that flawed leaders especially from non-God fearing governments would test others often leading to major conflicts.
War when all is said and done is really against the rulers and spiritual forces of evil. Unseen agents of the primary adversary satan and his minions who attack each of us just as he did Christ (Matthew 4:1). Forces that can be fought off only by the spiritual weapons listed in Ephesians 6:13. In fact until mankind understands the Jewish concept of Shalom (God’s peace within us) there will be hostilities. For peace within us through God’s presence is where peace begins. Indeed peace is not just the absence of war but living in holiness guided by God at our center.
This peace we can find for ourselves today. Peace in the world is another matter. That will arrive with Christ’s return and the subsequent downfall of satan. That is THE TRUTH ABOUT WAR.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: War is often waged first and foremost within the heart of mankind.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: James 4:1 “war comes from sin within”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord we seek Your peace.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
1. How do armed conflicts, past and present, reflect the absence of the God of the Bible within individuals?
2. What in human nature leads to greater conflicts?
3. Explain Shalom?
4. Is God your center?