Daily reading: 14 November
The negative effects of war.
He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
- Micah 4, 3-5 New Revised Standard Version. Click here to read the King James Version
Micah the Prophet plays an important role in helping the people to understand God’s purposes. In response He expects them to follow him and walk His path.
One way of doing this is to lay down the arms that peoples have employed against one another and to convert these arms into useful items for the benefit of society.
Consequently it will no longer be necessary to learn about the means and modes of war. There will be no fear of nations or threats and no more worrying over resources.
There is no threat of eviction, nor is there greed on the part of the powerful, because under the authority of God all such cravings will be removed. So that the people of God will walk in His way forever.
Continue to campaign for disarmament in our world and to raise awareness of the negative aspects of war and destruction it reaps. Share with a friend or colleague the ideas and facts against war to foster understanding.
Pray for God’s intervention among those who have the power to make drastic and destructive decisions in our world.
Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe is a former Bishop of the Kurunagala Diocese in the Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka.
Published on 14 November 2017