What if man did establish a lasting world peace? What would be accomplished by this? Yes, it would be great on the surface to live on earth in peace, but what would be the long term effect? Answer: more sin, more rebellion, more infidelity, more atheism, and more apostasy! Men don’t seek God during peaceful times. It is during such times that men pursue their carnal and selfish dreams. It is during such times that churches fall into apostasy. War, hardship, and persecution tend to bring out the best in people, while peace and prosperity do just the opposite.
Luke 2:14 offers some words of peace. Here, at the birth of Christ, we find the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Naturally, these words are slaughtered every Christmas by at least 80 percent of the preachers in the country. Notice the proper order is “glory to God” (first) and “peace, good will toward men” (second). When will men have peace and good will? Not until God has the glory.
David Nowak, Weatherford