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Topic: Help (02/20/06)
TITLE: Finding Peace...
By Triana Burroughs
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Columbian rebel groups reject peace talks.
Tamil leaders begin two-day peace talks.
Is it any wonder that humanity feels like they dwell in chaos? The headlines from today’s newspapers alone are filled with evidence of our world’s desire for peace. Yet no one seems to be able to locate it. Many societies treat peace as a physical object that they can search for by looking through their homes or personal belongings. They look to their leaders hoping they have some peace to hand out like it was candy. People surround themselves with sexual fantasies, food, money, trinkets, even the ever popular “bling-bling” in the hopes of finding peace.
But, these things are just a façade. True peace cannot reside in the things we have. It cannot dwell in our leaders. It cannot be obtained by weeks or months of compromise. Peace is not something we can “order up” like a hamburger from a drive though window.
Through our search for inner peace, as well as outer peace, we have cried out through the ages for some kind of help! The Beatles hit a central view point of society as they sang the famous lyrics – “Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody, Help, you know I need someone, Help” We are crying out as a global community for someone to help us find what our inner hearts desire – peace.
As much as we try, our peace comes not from our works, or our accomplishments, but rather from the One who created peace. God brought mankind into this world in a complete and peaceful relationship with Him. Through our sin, we are born outside of that covenant and into a world of turmoil. We fall into a world where all we could do was cry out “Someone, help me!”
God desires to have that covenant relationship with us. The only way we can achieve that is to cry out to HIM. Nahum 1:7 (Msg) says that God “recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help”. He sees our pain and our inner turmoil, and he wants to give us that peace. However, we first must come to Him. There is no doubting His desire to instill his peace in us. He is always there for us! Acts 2:21 states “whoever calls out for help to me, God, WILL be saved." (Capitals added for emphasis) Not “may be saved” or “might be saved”, but “will be saved”.
So cry out to Him! Tell him you need help! Let him answer your cries to fill the depths of your soul. He will put His perfect peace there. All else will fade away, and that thirst quenching, thirst drenching, peace will remain. Abide in him. “I'm leaving you well and whole. That's my parting gift to you. Peace.” John 14:27 (Msg)
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