These questions may have come up by some as President Trump issued the Memorial Day Proclamation—to pray for permanent peace on the earth.
Since congress first requested that the President issue this proclamation every year on Memorial Day (on May 11, 1950), this United States has been praying for permanent peace. But it doesn’t seem to be working! There is war and terror everywhere. And there seems to be more wars every year. Indeed, there is no peace in sight.
Some would suggest that things will eventually get better, that peace deals will be made, and that nations will come together to make peace. And so we should pray toward that end. We should pray that peace makers will step up to make peace deals everywhere between nations. Yes, they say, we should pray for the United Nations and the Paris Accord, and other such groups to give us peace. And we should pray for all the great deal makers—for the Donald Trumps of the world—to come together to make a great world peace deal. Will that work? Is our faith strong enough?
Speaking of faith, what does the bible say about achieving permanent peace? Well, sadly, the bible tells us that right up until the end we will hear of wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:6). In fact, the bible teaches us that man cannot and will not ever achieve peace on the earth. But peace will come to the earth in the Savior, Jesus Christ. When He comes, He will bring terrible judgment on sin and this corrupt world, and then He will set up His kingdom, a kingdom of peace for all. At that time Satan will be bound and Christ will bring lasting global peace. He will be the great Peacemaker. Isaiah 9: 6-7 tells us,
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Also Micah 4:3-4 says.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they train for war.
4 And each of them will sit under his vine
And under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid,
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.