Peace, such a short word with such rich promise. There is such an appetite for it, and yet so much that conspires against it. The Psalmist called for his hearers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, (122:6) not such a chore when it involves praying for the good of your home and your own people. Jeremiah, however, gave an altogether more difficult exhortation. In 29:7 he commanded the exiles to pursue peace. They were told to pray and work for the peace of the people who were their enemies and captors.
In today’s world the question that must be asked is who do the people of God perceive to be their enemies today, Jesus told us to pray for them, Jeremiah would have us work and pray for their peace. What constitutes that peace will occupy my attention in my next post.