As wildfires devastated the forests of our western states, social upheaval fueled by angry words devastates the peace of our nation.
Firefighters brought those wildfires under control by removing fuel from the floors of those forests.
As it is written in Proverbs 26:20-21, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.”
“But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition [envy] in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition [envy], there you will find disorder [strife] and evil of every kind.” – James 3:14-16 NLT
The poisonous trio of jealousy, envy, and strife threaten the peace and security of our beloved nation.
We have successfully withstood and defeated foreign enemies since 1776, 243 years. Can we long endure the enemies of jealousy, envy, and strife within our national borders?
Winston Churchill opined, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
The poisonous trio of jealousy, envy, and strife are natural for all mankind. God expects us to depart from our natural, sinful estate.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” – Hebrews 12:14
Do you notice the verb form? Pursue is an imperative, an order from God himself. It’s intentional.
Imagine what would happen if we collectively removed fuel from the fire.
May Jehovah-Shalom rule in the hearts of our people.