Peace on Earth?
Do we really have peace on Earth? I tend to look on the bright side of things, but the pessimist in me says no, peace is nowhere to be found. After experiencing the difficulties of 2020, I’d say that we’re far from peace on Earth. Our world seems to be in a state of unrest, division, and suffering of so many kinds. After the year that we’ve had, it’s easy to give in to hopelessness.
Perusing for Peace
To escape our frustrating and disappointing reality, we desperately search for peace. Of course, we don’t always know where to look, and during times like these, peace is hard to find and even harder to keep. The news only increases anxiety and anger. Endlessly scrolling though social media tempts us with relaxation and happiness, but it only leaves us feeling empty. TV shows, food, shopping, and other activities that we typically turn to give us temporary distractions and bursts of pleasure, but all of these are fleeting.
If we want to have genuine peace on Earth, we can’t rely on earthly things.
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The Prince of Peace
We remember during Advent that the peace we long for lies in Jesus. One of His many titles is “Prince of Peace” for a reason. He is only One who can truly give us peace and alleviate our anxieties. He came two thousand years ago, and He’ll come again for us someday. Out of endless love for us, He became man, died for us, and conquered death through His Resurrection for us.
Jesus doesn’t promise us that the world will be peaceful and perfect. We’ll have to take up our crosses often in this life, but we don’t have to carry them alone because He’ll be with us every step of the way. Amidst the turmoil of this world, we can retreat to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and rest in His peace.
Yes, peace on Earth is attainable when we find it in Jesus. More importantly, we’ll experience the fullness of Jesus and His peace when we’re face-to-face with him in His Kingdom.
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