I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears… What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?… Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:4, 12, 14)
Peace is a thing to be pursued, to seek after and to find. It is not a static entity. Peace is a moving, living reality, because the God who creates it and defines it is the Living God. This is a living earth, with living creatures, and in the context of this planet, peace exists. But where is it to be found? How can it be acquired? A great answer is found in Psalm 34 verse 4. To paraphrase, “Seek God, and He’ll get all the fear out of you.” When fear is gone, peace flourishes. When peace enters, fear flees. The two cannot coexist. So, first of all, look for God. He is the provider of peace.
Secondly, we must have a long-term, positive outlook on life. In order to steward peace well, we need to love life. Don’t get me wrong: peacemakers may not live very long, and there is risk involved. Many peacemakers died as martyrs at a very young age. But martyrdom is never our goal. Our goal is a long, happy life, not only for us, but for all the people around us. We want to see good things happen, and we love celebrating them when they do. Jesus said this:
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)
If you ever find yourself hating your life or hating the people who surround you daily, please stop and evaluate yourself. We have no excuse for bitterness. Peacemakers, like Jesus, have a purpose. We want to give all people a rich and satisfying life.
Lastly, the pursuit of peace requires a desire to bring change, and that change starts with us. As humans, we all have the ability to do good or evil things. When we do evil, just like “the thief” in John 10, we bring destruction and decay to ourselves and those around us. It’s only our partnership with God’s Spirit, our alignment with Righteousness, that brings peace to the world. If we want to be peacemakers, we must learn to confront our own degraded minds every day, get up, lift up our heads and do something good in the world. We are powerful people. And God answers prayer, if we are bold enough to ask and obey.