Devotion for Sunday, April 23, 2023

“Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword” (Revelation 6:4).

Jesus told us that there would be wars and rumors of wars.  War has continued and accelerated since ancient times.  Most of the time there is a war going on somewhere in the world.  People want and so they take.  People have and they fight to keep.  Each century seems to get bloodier and more violent.  And we blame God for not stopping our violence?  We are offered peace, but violence is often our answer.

Lord, I too know how to be violent.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of peace.  Teach me how to resist that which causes violence.  Teach me how to become one who lives peacefully, loving my neighbor as myself.  Guide me in the way of eternity knowing that this age is going to continue to accelerate in war and violence.  We have spent generations entertaining ourselves with violence.  Guide me away from this world’s nonsense.

Lord Jesus, You came as a man of peace and now give the peace which surpasses all understanding.  Lead me away from the ways of this world and into Your presence.  Teach me how to live peacefully amidst the violence of this world.  I know these episodes of violence must come to pass but help me be attached to You and not to this crazy world.  Even when war and violence are all around me, help me to be a person of peace, for “blessed are the peacemakers”.  Amen.