War

Isaiah 2:4 (NLT)

The Lord will mediate between nations
    and will settle international disputes.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
    nor train for war anymore.

I first heard this verse at my high school graduation. My good friend was giving his valedictorian speech. Yes, back then, things were quite different. Prayer in schools was encouraged. But, back to today. Since the break in cease-fire in Syria, Aleppo has been bombarded with air strikes worse than at any other time since the start of the bloody war five years ago. We have teams that work closely with Syrian refugees, and many of them have family members still in Syria. They are scared and hurting. Please join me in praying for our neighbors in Syria.

Isaiah 2:4 gives me great comfort in knowing that when Jesus returns to this earth, He will make all things right. He is the Gospel of Peace I wrote about earlier this week, and He will restore peace. All the nations will worship before Him, and God’s glory will be so beautifully displayed through the worship of the nations.

Revelation 5: 13 (ESV)

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Revelation 7: 9-10  (ESV)

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice,“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

I look forward to this day when evil and Satan are held back. These verses give me great hope!

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