“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.’” (Luke 19:41-42 NKJV)
I think it’s safe to say that we aren’t living in peace in the United States. We have tension and conflict that ignites into media firestorms weekly, if not daily. Sometimes the anger becomes heated and violent. Social media and 24-hour news stations keep the inflammatory rhetoric at fever pitch. There’s only one thing on which we can all agree: it’s the other side’s fault. While most people wouldn’t say this out loud, it seems as though we can’t even work for civility because their side is right, and the other side is wrong, and any move towards compromise is seen as evil, as surrender, as selling your soul to the devil. We don’t understand how to make peace in our world today. Jesus, in what the world saw as His moment of triumph, turned aside and wept for the city of Jerusalem, because they didn’t know how to make peace, and He knew the trouble that was coming. We see similar issues at all levels of politics, and we see that kind of division in the churches. And that division affects us at work either through spillover discussion and tension in the workplace, or through work policies that look great on paper to the people in suits, but don’t work for the people on the floor. But they make the policies and the people on the floor resent the people in suits for making dumb policy, and the people in suits resent the people on the floor for not carrying the policy out like they should. If only there was hope for peace.
How are you dealing with the issues of life? Does the tension and strife in the world today bother you, especially when you’re right and they’re wrong? Do you even wonder why God gave us so many people who can’t figure out how to deal with the issues of life? Seek God and lay your concerns before Him – He wants peace which is His presence in the hearts of the people. Pray not only for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of our nation your city, and your home.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.