This morning I woke up in the Sprit of the Lord to write about Peace. However, I was drown to Act’s 15, when Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem seeking an answer, Should Gentile converts be circumcised and be required to follow the Law of Moses?
After some debate with the apostles and elders, it was James who reminded them in Act 15:16 – 18. “Afterward I will return and I will restore the fallen kingdom of David. From the ruins, I will rebuild it, and I will restore it, so that the rest of humanity might find the Lord including the Gentiles-all, those I have called to be mine. This is what the Lord says, he who made these things known long ago”. Now, James referenced Amos 9:11-12. Where we find the Lord talking about “A Promise of Restoration.”
The time is right, the vision is clear, we should seek the Lord in times of fear, lost and low heartedness. Let the Lord restore your broken hearts today. Seek Peace not Violence through War. For what did James, 4:1-3 tell you. “What is causing the quarrels and fighting among you? Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”
Can’t you people see, through Violence and lack of self-control, you can’t achieve your goal. You must humble yourself before the Lord, in a Peaceful and Respectful manner, just like Able, the son of Adman. Only then, “A Promise of Restoration” will the Lord do these things.
I think you are right on target with this message. We should always ask the Lord for what we want, instead of coveting and hating those who have what we desire. We see internal conflicts, tribe againat tribe, religious conflicts, and one nation fighting against another, destroying what God wants for us - peace. You have managed to get your ideas across without too many words and this is admirable.