Peace. It’s one of the things I think most of us who have ever walked this Earth want. The majority of us, however, deceive ourselves in how that peace should be brought about. Some look for peace at the bottom of a bottle, in the abuse of drugs, in philosophies and false religions, in the sciences, in fulfilling lusts, in family and friends, in power or popularity, etc.
We may also think we can obtain it if only others weren’t in the way of it–whether it be a cheating spouse, rebellious child, a certain ethnic group, a specific religious group, a person who holds a specific position of power. Resolving such conflicts may sometimes bring outer peace, but such outward peace is not meant to bring about the ultimate inner peace we seek. However, the Bible tells us man’s repeated worldly attempts for outer peace won’t come from their mystical, esoteric ideas of inner peace, either.
Yet, the powers that be use these assumptions of peace to manipulate people with their philosophy of “thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.” What do I mean by that? Here’s an example:
Thesis: Thanks to the UN and its affiliates, the world is becoming more peaceful and less violent.
Antithesis: The world is still challenged by increasing wars and violence, leading to more people fleeing their living environments.
Synthesis: The nations of the world must come together under the UN’s power since they have proven effective for peace in the past and can resolve the climate change problem, which causes violence and wars.
Jeremiah prophesies that in the last days, Israel (like the rest of society) will be so desperate for peace that they will look to the covetous and false religious leaders who will cry “Peace, peace”, when there is no peace (Jer. 6:13-14).
According to God’s true word, the key to genuine, lasting inner peace is simple. Only his righteousness brings that peace. No righteousness, no peace. No peace, no righteousness. They’re a package deal that are sparked by God’s mercy and truth based on his love and grace. Psalm 85 tells us the following:
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Those are beautiful word pictures. Mercy and truth unite so righteousness and peace can kiss. God causes his truth to spring out of the earth, so his righteousness can be sent down from heaven to place inner peace in the believer’s life. This also highlights that since God’s word of truth is settled in heaven, it’s also settled on earth. Anyone who says different is deceived. We don’t need the original manuscripts to discover his truth.
The world’s vision of peace (often symbolized as pictured above by the upside down broken cross to mock Christ’s crucifixion) is a lie and will be openly exposed to everyone as such in the future day of the Lord’s judgment, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them…” (1 Thes. 5:3). In contrast, “the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” in the heart of true believers (Isa. 32:17).
We also find this truth in Melchizedek (meaning “King of righteousness”), the king of Salem (meaning “peace”), who in Genesis is a type of Christ (Heb. 7:2). And as my final witness, I give the words of Paul in Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”