Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.
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Jeremiah 49:23 - Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm.
Read - Jeremiah 49
Surrounding nations to Jerusalem had already taken much of the same heat from Assyria and now Babylon. God spoke to them as well through the prophets. Here, Jeremiah goes through the list of them and gives them news that couldn’t have been considered good. The end doesn’t always justify the means. As we look at nations that conquer or keep by war (both here and now) we might be tempted to say that they get what they want more expediently than others who try the route of peace. However, time is always an equalizer and revealer of truth.
Lord, I will seek peace in my relationships.
Jesus counsels His disciples in Matthew 26:52 on the consequence of being a warmonger.
For the follower of Jesus, we are called to peace both in our hearts and in our actions. We are instructed to ‘let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts’ in Colossians 3:15. This peace is a gift of God that is given to us is interrupted or even stolen by the enemy when we are Misled. One of the primary tools Satan uses to Mislead us is to convince us that we would be better of having someone else’s stuff. This ‘coveting’ was one of the 10 commandments for a reason. It starts in our head and heart and before long we are choosing actions and behaviors that cause us to fight to get that stuff. The peace is gone and is replaced by war and destruction. The nations of this chapter, if they could speak from the grave, would call us to peace and contentment. They would counsel us that war is ugly and that no amount of stuff is worth it. When given the opportunity to choose stuff or choose peace, the follower of Jesus can make a confident choice - Shalom!