“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.” Jeremiah 8:11
As I am learning to respond to the Holy Spirit, when I would normally say this verse “jumped out at me”, I now understand it’s my spirit responding to the unction of the Holy Spirit. I love the process of how the Lord teaches us. We are all different, therefore, He teaches us in different ways. He knows how I’m going to react before He even acts. He knows I may not get it the first couple of times but He’s patient and continues to work with me.
While reading in the Book of Jeremiah this morning my spirit “jumped” when I read the verse above. In that scripture the Lord is speaking of the perils of false teaching. Particularly in Jeremiah 8:11 the Lord is speaking of peace. I speak a lot about peace; about the supernatural peace that can only come from the Lord. There is a great peace in realizing “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. All of us who know Christ, understand this and we want everyone to know His peace. In love and compassion for others we just want them to know…like we know.
However, in the Bible Jesus speaks two different times about Him not coming to bring peace. Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” and Luke 12:51 ” Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” In Him there is peace and love and in Him is the only place we will ever find true peace and love, but that is not why He came. He came to bring division. He came to divide good and evil. Christ is not the cause of division but rather the rebellion against the the Gospel brings division. The “event”, if you will, of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection which reconciled mankind with God is what causes the division.
The division brought by the Gospel saves saints and condemns sinners. Peace comes to the saints through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no way to come to peace then the Gospel. While watching current events unfold all over the world; beheadings, bombings, kidnappings and on and on, there is no peace in this world. Fear can take hold if our faith wavers. Our faith is precisely what the enemy is targeting. Our faith is the reason we are hated by so many terrorist organizations. Fear counteracts our faith. The Gospel divides and our faith is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our peace is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If our nation would rise up in the faith of God’s resurrecting power and not rebel against the Gospel of Jesus, terrorist would be called ignorant instead of terrorist. They would understand the division of the Gospel and realize for us to live, is to live in Christ and for us to die would be to live with Christ. Not all of the lost are our enemies. Some of them are our children, parents, brothers, sisters and friends. We pray for them, we pray for God’s continued mercy and grace on their lives. We pray that during these hard times they seek the Gospel instead of rebel against the Gospel. We pray they will find the peace they are looking for because we know it will only come through the Lord. “We pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. – Donna Warren