“Russian troops enter Ukraine” could have been the subject taken out from a history book. Who would have expected such an extreme crisis over this brewing conflict? As I write this, the news headlines are updated every minute – a barrage of airstrikes, the rising death toll, resistance, refugee tallying rising…. The images are horrifying. People are scrambling, the voice of protestors is growing, and loved ones are reaching out to those stranded in the war zone.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Noble Prize Laureate, said, “It’s easier to start a war than end it”. How true. The world is watching which country is taking sides with whom, and the battle lines are slowly being drawn. The repercussions of this starting this war will impact the global economy – increasing prices of energy, rising inflation and plunging markets. For the countries in conflict and the world at large, it seems that there are dark days ahead.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, while on earth, warned of these dark days. Mathew records, “Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come”.
Christ is on the throne. He is aware of this crisis and the crises ahead. He is also aware of our future. Today You and I may not know how the Russia-Ukraine conflict will turn, but He knows. He knows about this conflict and the conflicts that may arise in the future. Therefore, we can trust Him.
Christ, the Prince of Peace, assures us His peace – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
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