Inspired by Psalm 46
“Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46:8-11 (NRSV)
We like to think of God as a gentle God, bringer of peace and tranquility. We generally choose not to think of him as bringing desolation to the earth, or performing acts of violence. But the truth is that there are many in the world who benefit from chaos and profit from war, and they are not going to simply step aside in favor of God’s vision of peace.
Those who create chaos are powerful, but God’s power is greater than theirs. Those who profit from war are mighty, but God’s might is greater than theirs. God reserves his violence for the instruments of war, and he uses his power and might to ensure safety and peace for all his people.
We need not fear the desolations God has brought to the earth; he makes desolate only those things that injure his people. We can take comfort in knowing that he is our refuge and our strength, capable of overcoming the chaos and violence of the world. He uses his power to establish the peace and tranquility for which we long, and he rules us with gentleness and compassion.
Let us pray. Sovereign Lord, you overcome chaos with tranquility and war with peace. Enable us to put our hope in you, that your power and strength may be sources of comfort. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.