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Peace Orchard

December 30

“Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken.  And he said, is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”  2 Kings 20:19 

 

“The ‘survival of the fittest’ model would straightway run its procreative ship aground …”

 

 

 

 

 

 

No creature did the LORD ever create is as warlike as we.  “From whence come wars and fightings among you?  Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”  Man, in his natural state, is a beast of fighting and falsehood, not peace and truth.  “HE maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; HE breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; HE burneth the chariot in the fire.”  Were GOD not constantly intervening in our quarrels, from the personal to international level, it is doubtless that we would wipe our planet clean with the blood of attrition.  The ‘survival of the fittest’ model would straightway run its procreative ship aground with none but the captain remaining. 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”  The best of peace this side of Heaven is but the shade of righteous trees planted of prior generations; and unless each succeeding one purposes to prune and replant, the peace orchard dies off, and is clear cut by those who hate both peace and truth.  “Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.”  To assume these will always be because they have always been is foolhardy; and to rejoice over peace and truth within the confines of your little castle, while the fortress all around you is being overrun by the warring hordes is stolid.  “And the way of peace have they not known:”  Your perimeter of peace and truth, built upon the sand of your self-centeredness, will soon be breached by a hail of Hell’s fire bent to destroy it.

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”  Deep down in the heart of the redeemed man, peace and truth are twins to be treasured, yet a longing of elusive proportion.  Deep down in the heart of the honest redeemed; there is a resolve to seek it until the PRINCE OF PEACE ascends the throne of David to begin HIS millennial reign.  There, peace and truth will have their day at the end of a rod of iron.  Be of good cheer brethren, for soon, eternal bliss will dawn in a new Heaven and a new Earth (cf. Revelation 21:1).

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the GOD of love and peace shall be with you.”


For Love of Country
Francis August Schaeffer (1912-1983)
(Christian Author)
"Modern man has not only thrown away Christian Theology, he has thrown away the possibility of what our forefathers had as a basis for morality and law."

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