God's Peace

In my troubles, I pled with God to help me and he did!

Deliver me, o Lord, from liars. O lying tongue, what shall be your fate? You shall be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with glowing coals.

My troubles pile high among these haters of the Lord, these men of Meshech and Kedar. I am tired of being here among these men who hate peace. I am for peace, but they are for war, and my voice goes unheeded in their countries. Psalm 120: 1-7 (TLB)

Aftab Yunis Hakim lives in Punjab, Pakistan. He reflects that it seems the psalmist, in Psalm 120, was getting frustrated at not finding any peace at all in his surroundings - or even the entire world. In a state of great stress and agony, he was asking God to deliver him from the corrupt minds who do not accept peace.

In today's world, we also may feel devastated because we cannot find peace. At times it seems that some people do not want peace, and as a result peace feels impossible to achieve. The stress of constant war and conflict makes us tired and discouraged. We see some people fighting for selfish interests, some for what they believe in, and some against ideas they oppose.

The glory of God's peace is not in winning; it is about living in God's way - following the Prince of Peace who told his disciples, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV).

Prayer: God of peace, comfort those who are living in great turmoil, and rescue those who face persecution. Grant them your peace, in Jesus' name, amen.

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