“Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called sons of Elohim.” (Mat 5:9 ISR)
When I originally wrote this essay (almost ten years ago), the headlines of that particular week told us that Iran was again stalling concerning the disposal of their uranium supplies, which are the key ingredients to atomic bombs. And so it still is today: all indications are still pointed toward a full scale war between Israel (who is defending its homeland) and Iran. Events the past few years center around the sham of an agreement concerning nuclear arms that the United States has made with Iran – and so the Middle East continues to be a melting pot, on the verge of boiling over.
The entire world is looking for peace, yet never, in its history, has peace been more elusive. Our Messiah Yeshua told us that we would hear of “wars, and rumors of wars”, but we were not to let these things disturb us (Mat 24:6). Why? Because peace, lasting peace, begins with the Prince of Peace, the Sar Shalom, and with His kingdom.
“Peace I leave with you; my [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27 Amp, emphasis mine)
There are those who step up into the role of “makers of peace”, who strive earnestly for reconciliation and restoration, ending all bitterness and strife between individuals, families, groups, even nations. We are all called to a ministry of reconciliation, but those who carry this anointing of “peacemaker” also walk in a boldness, a courage, for peace must be pursued. Peace is never compromise, and it takes trust, commitment, love, vulnerability, and faith in the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to accomplish what must be done for it to be successful.
Will there be peace on earth? Not until Messiah Yeshua returns. But we have the assurance that He is our peace (Eph 2:14), and as long as we hold on to Him, we can (and need to) be the witness of peace in the midst of all the storms that He desires us to be. As we walk in His peace, it will overflow to the world around us, the world in which we are a part of, a sweet smelling aroma unto our Elohim, our Creator…
“If possible, on your part, be at peace with all men.” (Rom 12:18 ISR)
“So, then, let us pursue the matters of peace and the matters for building up one another.” (Rom 14:19 ISR)