“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.””Psalm 16:2 ESV
I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want world peace. We might vastly disagree about what world peace looks like, or even how to achieve it, but nobody is actively campaigning for constant war.
I’m sure both political sides will read this and say “what about so and so” but in your heart you know I’m right. Yet I can’t help but chuckle or even be dismayed when I see signs like the one by my house that say “pray for peace” or read about friends going to the World Peace Summit or whatever peace hopeful place it might be.
Peace is a wonderful concept and a wonderful goal, but in reality it’s an unattainable one. World peace won’t come through prayer, it won’t come through stricter gun regulations, it won’t come through the destruction of Islam, and it won’t come through putting (insert Candidate A) in the White House.
Peace comes through Christ. Period. And I wonder sometimes how we have moved so far from what the Psalmist says here. “I have no good apart from you.” It wasn’t just a Reformation concept, it’s a truth emblazoned across scripture. The good in me comes from the good in Him.
There is nothing good in us. Decency doesn’t come from the fact that humans are at their very essence good. It comes in spite of the fact that at their core humans are wicked. No one taught my daughter to be rude and mean, we taught her the opposite. Still sometimes she slaps at me and screams at me because that’s who we are inside. It’s God’s grace which reveals the good of Himself in us.
I’ve been struggling. I’m probably on the borderline of full on depression. I have many things to be thankful for and I have constantly seen God provide, yet I still struggle. This is my starting point for God correcting that. To be constantly reminded there is nothing good in me. God didn’t call me because I’m strong. He called me because He uses the weak. And I am strong in Him because
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV