By Kevin Wiebe
Any one of us can take a quick look around us and realize that our world is full of conflict, darkness and pain. Beyond that, and perhaps as a result of that, I also believe that we all have a deep ache within our souls that longs for complete peace, for the blissful and eternal reign of God, who will remove all of our suffering and crying and pain. So what are some of the reasons there is such a need for peace in our world?
One reason is because the world is broken. One pastor I know put it this way, “If you ever wonder why the world isn’t the way it should be, it’s because the world isn’t the way it should be.” There is a brokenness inherent in the planet we inhabit. There are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, illnesses, wildfires and all manner of disaster that is the very embodiment of chaos, leaving endless destruction in the wake of every natural disaster.
Another reason we need the peace that Jesus offers is because humanity is broken, and other people make sinful decisions that hurt us. As soon as you read those words there are likely faces coming to mind of those who hurt you most deeply. You need the peace of Jesus to bring healing to those wounds, and to give you the strength to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged you.
Yet another major reason why we are in need of the peace of God is because we, too, are part of that broken humanity that sins and causes pain for others. Sometimes we are the villain in someone else’s story. Sometimes we make decisions that devastate the lives of other people, and as a result we feel the torturing feelings of guilt—helpless to change the past and feeling nothing but a chaotic agony over the pain caused at our own hands.
Add to all of this the fact that we are finite and fallible beings, who are unable to know everything or perfectly understand the mysteries of the universe and our need for peace grows even more profound.
But there is good news: despite the brokenness of the world, the sinfulness of others and ourselves, and our limited capacity for understanding, we have a God who has been made known to us in the person of Jesus—who is known as the “Prince of Peace”. We follow a God who brings order to chaos, and while our need for peace is great, the peace that God gives is even greater. In John 14:27 (NLT), Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”