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“The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: ‘Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies’”.

Isa 62:8 NIV

Sometimes events happen that sicken, terrify, and disgust us. We think that things can’t get worse. Then they do. World War I was a horrendously bloody war that convulsed Europe. Hundreds of thousands were killed. It was so bad that it was dubbed, “The war to end all wars”. Twenty-one years later World War II broke out, claiming the lives of some sixty million people. Then the nations of the world got together to form the United Nations Organization. It is one thing to be horrified by bad events, but it is another thing to prevent such events recurring. Isaiah looked to God’s intervention to protect the Israelites from ever suffering a repeat of the exile. And he understood God as promising a new and better future. But in 70 A.D. the Romans quashed an uprising by the Jewish people and laid the country waste again.

Christians are, or should be, people of peace and should bend every effort to promote peace and well-being. They should pray and work for better lives for people the world over. They should promote international understanding and goodwill, trying to eradicate poverty, ignorance, nationalism, international aggression, and pollution. The big question we all want to be answered is, “Will we ever be able to say meaningfully, ‘Never Again’ or is that too much to expect given that human nature is sinful and violent?’”

In the meantime, submitting our lives to God is something we can all do, and the world will be a better place the more people in all nations acknowledge the sovereignty of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.


Lord, guide us as we seek greater peace in your world.


Lord, I live in a world where faith is hard to keep and doubt seems much more normal and natural. Keep my mind focused on the faith of the Bible and help me to remember the call of the Psalmist when he said, “Magnify the Lord with me”. Lord stir up confidence within my soul and keep me faithful to you. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Mark 1:9–15

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