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Waging peace–spiritually

From the March 1994 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It's likely that most, if not all of us, have heard some form of reference to "a new world order." It was from news releases regarding Australia's military participation in the Persian Gulf a couple of years ago that I first heard the term. I wasn't sure just what it meant, but I felt that if we're ever to secure lasting peace in the world, a solution other than warfare is necessary.

I gained a sense of peace about this as I considered the experience of the Biblical prophet Habakkuk. He faced the kind of difficulty some of us might think we face today. We read how he was laboring to find peace, yet he was surrounded by wickedness. Terrorism and violence were prevalent, an d the future looked bleak.

But even in the midst of these circumstances, Habakkuk expressed a quiet confidence in the power of God. He waged peace spiritually, when he protested to God, "Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?" He further declared, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity."
 Hab. 1:12, 13. In this way Habakkuk focused his attention, not on the wickedness or terror or violence that surrounded him, but on his trust in God.

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