As humans, we are wired with the desire to win. We fight to take and secure our destiny. Our history is filled with stories of fights and conquests. Across generations, it seems that man is always on the lookout to secure what he thinks is rightfully his. There are times when humans fend not just for themselves but for their family, community, and nation. It can sometimes feel like an endless cycle—we wake up to fight and secure what we think should be ours. But all that we are fighting for can be taken away in an instant. The things that make us feel secure can be taken away in a flash.
The Old Testament shows us many stories of fights as well as prophecies. The prophet Micah's declaration of the Lord's future reign gives us who put our hope in the Lord something to look forward to. In Micah 4:3, the prophet declares:
The Lord will mediate between people
and will settle disputes between strong nations far away.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore.
Imagine—a time without war, a future where the Lord Himself will bring reconciliation to people with differing perspectives. But how will we get to this point? Let us backtrack to Micah 4:1-2:
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house
will be the highest of all—
the most important place on earth.
It will be raised above the other hills,
and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
2 People from many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of Jacob’s God.
There he will teach us his ways,
and we will walk in his paths.”
For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;
his word will go out from Jerusalem.
It takes willingness to confess that His ways are higher than ours, and it takes faith to believe that His path is the best for us. We need to admit that without Him, we are nothing. To get to the promised peace and security, we must seek the most important place—the Kingdom of God. We get to this highest place through our relationship with the Holy Trinity—the Father, Son, and Spirit. When we surrender our lives to God, we are rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His dear Son (see Colossians 1:13). As part of this Kingdom, we learn good and are led to the path of righteousness. When we turn away from our old ways and follow the way of the King of kings, we will reach His good, pleasing, and perfect will (see Romans 12:2).
A comforting truth
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
Those who are part of the everlasting Kingdom have access to the King Himself. Individuals, relationships, households, and communities whose foundation is in Christ have the security because Jesus is their source of grace and power. The peace that is so elusive in this world will belong to us, God’s people. This gift will be ours for eternity when we make Christ our ruler.
Amidst all the turmoil in life, we have something to hold on to. When we draw near to God, He gives us His peace, which exceeds all understanding. Peace will guard your hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus (see Philippians 4:7). We have access to this peace now. Though we are still awaiting Christ’s return, He has already given us what we need to overcome in this life. As our eternal ruler, we can experience His goodness in the present. Instead of living as battle-torn people, we can approach circumstances knowing that we already have the victory.
Experience the Vine in your life
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid,
In the Bible, the vine and the fig tree are symbols of prosperity and security. Having these shows a person’s abundance in their territory. When we look at the New Testament, Jesus describes Himself as the Vine (see John 15:5). He tells us that we must remain in Him so that we can bear much fruit. If we want to see not just peace and security but also provision, we must stay close to Jesus.
God promises us a life of sustenance, safety, and rest. He is inviting us to surrender our lives to Him so that we can experience His best. If we can already gain these things now, imagine how much better it will be when we see His Kingdom come. How wonderful it is to live under the Almighty, spending our days without fear or worry!