World Peace?

“World peace will come by the will of ordinary people like yourself.”  So, at least, read the poster outside the Quaker Meeting House.

I wonder if anyone really believes that?  To do so, one would have to assume that all the ‘ordinary people’ of bygone centuries, and of today, were actually in favour of conflict, otherwise world peace would have come long ago!  That seems hard to credit.

No.  World peace, peace between nations, peace within nations, peace between individuals or within individuals, will never come about by the ‘will of ordinary people’.  All ‘ordinary people’ are born rebels, at enmity with God, and it is only when we have peace with Him that we can hope to have any other sort of peace as well. 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?

The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

 E H Bickersteth

Peace through the blood of Christ alone,

Peace with my God and peace within my soul,

Peace in that day when He will come at last,

My All in all.

 W Vernon Higham

The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever. Isaiah 32:17