There is a path of peace in this valley, and its trail name is forgiveness.
John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord by preaching, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near!” Shouting into the darkness he proclaimed the coming of the Light. I imagine a wandering prophet in my own soul, calling into the darkness, “Repent of your selfishness! Repent of your worry! Repent of your pride! For the Kingdom of Light is advancing to these places. You will be exposed, so come out of hiding!”
That first conviction is always hard. When the thought hits you in the midst of a Netflix binge, “I should turn this off and stop avoiding God about how short-tempered I was today.”
Those “John the Baptist” moments when you know the light is coming to expose the ugly sins in its path, repentance to which may cause dramatic changes to your comfort, are unnerving. But the path of peace is found when we heed those calls, seek God’s forgiveness, and in turn, are able to extend forgiveness to others.
Am I listening for the coming Kingdom Advancement in my own life?
When I pray for peace in the world, have I sought God on how I need to repent in order to be a peacemaker?