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God Alone is Our Source of Strength and Peace
“Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!” God is the One, the only one, who brings lasting peace to the world. This passage comes at the end of chapter 1 of the Book of Nahum in some translations, and at the beginning of chapter 2 in others. Nahum is prophesying the fall of the hateful city of Nineveh here. Nineveh, the capital of cruel, ruthless, and savage Assyria had brought so much death and destruction to Israel. But Nahum is not a prophet of revenge. Rather, he asserts that it is God’s moral government of the world that brings about real peace. History has shown that we can not put our trust in human leadership to bring about the real and lasting peace that our hearts yearn for, no matter how noble and righteous a given leader might be, or pretend to be. Only the Lord God Almighty has the ability to do that. The truth at the core of all Christian moral knowledge is that we are all sinners. Even the most righteous among us is still a sinner. They understand that they can do no real good without God’s grace, that God alone is the source of their strength and their peace. Their greatest virtue is humility. This is why we see them as saintly. They are unlike most of us. They stand out. And this often makes them targets. History has shown us that there have always been wars and, we can assume quite accurately, that there will be wars yet to come. Why is this so? The truth is that most of us are not saints. Many do not know God sufficiently yet, and have not yet fully submitted to his loving will for them.…