“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Psalm 46:9-10
When we look at the world, it often seems to be out of control. Violence, bloodshed, wars seem to dominate our news. We hear of peacekeeping forces, diplomatic talks, and international interventions, yet their influence is minimal. God is the only One who can make wars permanently cease because God is the only One who can bring true justice. He alone knows all the issues involved and will ultimately bring righteousness.
In the meantime, we remember, it’s all temporary. What we see is not all there is, or all that will be. Paul writes about our hope as we look forward to a world without death and decay, “But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:20-22 NLT).
The world isn’t as it should be and we long to see it the way God intends. A day is coming when God will disrupt history and the world will never be the same. While we wait, we can be still—unworried, unflustered, unperturbed—resting in the knowledge that God is in control. One day all the world will know there is a God who restores his world, and blesses his children with freedom from pain and struggle to rejoice in the freedom he gives.
Rest, be still, trust, all will be well.