World Leaders and Peace
World leaders are striving to create “world peace.” This is a most noble goal. But can they reach this agreement politically and depending on their own efforts apart from submission to God’s plan for the world? Clearly history proves that many attempts have been made by many leaders but failed. So, how can humanity achieve world peace? All of God’s conditions for peace are laid out in the Bible:
The Lord declares, “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I . . . will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid” (Leviticus 26:3, 6). This is a conditional promise delineating the blessings to come upon people for obedience
And He also warns, “if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you” (Leviticus 26:14-17).
Who are they that receive peace in the Bible? Those who keep God’s commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) through His enabling grace. The same is true in any home, church or nation. The Bible declares prosperity for the faithful, “The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity” (Malachi 2:6) One of God’s conditions for peace is walking in the truth.
If man wants peace, he’ll need to follow God. Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The phrase “all these things” refers to all that gives man peace of mind. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). Peace is promised for those that keep their focus on God. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
World diplomats and leaders can sign peace treaties, but there will be no world peace until they follow God. Jesus Christ is called the “Prince of Peace,” in Isaiah 9:6, because it is none other than Jesus Christ who will establish a true and lasting peace on earth. Jesus offers spiritual peace today for all that accept Him as Lord and Savior and will finally lead them to inherit His future kingdom of glory.
In His service,