Peace and Security: @Seeking1st and Micah

In front of the United Nations building in New York is this statue of a man with a hammer beating a sword. It is is meant to represent the reshaping of a weapon of destruction into an agricultural tool for people’s benefit. The statue was presented to the United Nations by the government of the U.S.S.R. in 1959.

The desire of humanity for wars to cease and for people to live in peace is so often overwhelmed by the difficulties of actually learning how to live in peace. Back in the days of the prophet Micah that yearning for peace and security is echoed in these words:

“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

nations shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more…” Micah 4: 3

 

Yes, I have taken those words out of context, but they only really make sense in their context. In the first 3 chapters of the book of Micah, Micah has been pronouncing God’s judgement over the social evils of his day, injustice, corruption, violence, oppression of the vulnerable, wicked rulers and prophets. Then in Chapter 4 is a beautiful vision of restoration of the nation and a promise of life lived in peace and security.

In Micah’s vision, that peace and security will result from returning to teaching and learning God’s ways. It will be peace through obedience to God, not wishful longing for peace, but the peace only God can give as people return to faithfulness.

That theme is echoed in many other places in the Bible which also teaches that peace begins in the heart and only God can change hard hearts to loving hearts that seek the common good. Yes, I think we should work for peace, but not be naive enough to think that can be achieved without learning to live in God’s ways.

 

Image Credit: United Nations Photo on Flickr, CC License

About Nancy Wallace

Blogs as Seeker (http://nancysblog-seeker.blogspot.co.uk/). Tweets on Twitter as @Seeking1st. Church of England minister and grandmother, struggling to learn to pray, paint and play.