It was Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Great Britain, who declared in 1938 peace had been achieved in his time upon his return from Germany just before the outbreak of World War II. The League of Nations had previously been formed eighteen years earlier in 1920 following World War I to supposedly maintain world peace. Upon its failure to do so the United Nations came about in October 1945 following World War II to attempt to do the same thing. Seventy years later in the twenty-first century peace continues to elude the nations of the world. Nations are rising against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, world without end.
As the Prophet Jeremiah worked feverishly to warn the Jewish people of the coming judgment about to be unleashed upon them because of their turning away from God, His Word becoming a reproach to them, and their having given themselves over, the least even to the greatest, to covetousness, Jeremiah says the false priests and prophets of Jerusalem falsely assured the people there was “Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” They admonished the people not to adhere to Jeremiah’s prophecies but to trust them that they were safe and secure within the walls of Jerusalem. Within seven years the walls were torn down and the Jewish people were taken captive to Babylon where they hung their harps in the willow trees and refused to sing the songs of Zion in a foreign land (Jeremiah 6; II Kings 25; Psalm 137).
It is possible to have peace in our time but “not as the world giveth.” True peace is only found in the Person of Jesus Christ as He explained to His disciples during His last meal with them before His betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. He told them “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you,” (John 14:27). Peace is available to anyone in any time to reign in the hearts and minds of all who will call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. It will not be until Jesus returns and reigns upon His Throne in Jerusalem when perfect peace will finally be established throughout the whole earth but until then those who are called by His Name possess a peace that passes all understanding and desire all who seek peace to seek the Savior.
“And Thou, Child (Jesus), shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest…
To give Light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of Peace.”