Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, Ezekiel 13:10
Many throughout the world are seeking peace. They want to have a peace that is free from all trouble and from all disagreements.
In the process of looking for peace, the world tries to say that anything is permissible. People can do whatever they like, as long as they are happy and it does not harm another person.
In order for the world to have peace, they want to be able to be free to live as they want with no consequences or judgements.
God was angry with some of the people of Israel because they were going around saying ‘peace’ when there was no peace. The land was under a time of judgement from God, removing all peace.
Even today there are some who go about prophesying that God is ‘always’ going to bring about peace, that there is no conflict or real battle. While it is true that God will bring about peace in the end, and that He gives true believers a peace that the world does not know or understand, there is also a time of judgement.
God has always been against sin and working to keep people from all sin. When people live in sin, there is no peace. Sin pushes God out of the picture and all peace with it. There is a false sense of peace when sin is present.
There are some believers who claim that God is bringing about peace as they promote sinful acts and say it is acceptable in God’s eyes. This is a false peace that will be judged by God in the end.
True peace comes from God when the believer is repentant and living for God a holy life as Jesus did.
You may hear of those who are speaking peace while promoting sin. Do not believe the false lies being said. Get into God’s word and know what it means to live for Him. As you live for God, you will know the true peace that He brings.
Living for God will bring conflict in this world, but a peace in the heart despite what is going on physically. Jesus faced conflict head on while living in peace with God. Know the true peace that God brings, not the false sense of peace of this world.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace of serving God; that you will not fall for the false sense of peace of living in sin; and that you will live a life of obedience to God.
See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. Lamentation 1:20
Stress and inner turmoil are very common feelings for people all over the world. People are striving to have more, do more, experience more than is possible, which, in turn, causes more stress and inner struggling.
The majority of the world feel as if they know what is best for themselves. Yet, as they fight to get what they feel is best, they feel more empty inside and as if they have not gained anything or enough yet.
After the fall and destruction of Israel, Jeremiah was weeping over the loss. He struggled in his heart for the rebellion that he had done and Israel as a nation had done against God. He knew the level of sin that had occurred.
While the world struggles enough with inner stress and turmoil, the believer who walks in sin struggles even more. The believer knows the right that he should be doing, but does not do and God is pulling at his heart.
As the world struggles with things, they do not really know the truth as to what they should be doing, the believer knows the truth. God’s Holy Spirit is reaching down to bring the believer back into a right relationship with Him. Where there is sin, there is no real peace.
The believer walking in a sinful habit may not go into physical exile, as the Israelites did, but he will feel a distancing from God in his heart. His heart and mind will know that he is doing wrong, removing all peace.
All that needs to occur is for the believer to turn away from the sin in repentance and turn back to God. God is ready to forgiven and forget, restoring His peace.
Examine your heart and determine if your heart is disturbed and in turmoil. Are you going through an inner stress that should not be there? Is the cause of it some sin that you are holding on to and refusing to give up?
Be willing to turn away from all sin and obey God. Do not allow yourself to be like the Israelites who were rebellious and God had to put them into exile. Repent and know the love and peace of God in your life today. God is willing to restore the joy of your salvation.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not rebel against God; and that you will know God’s peace in your heart and life.