I think often about the continuing war in Ukraine as many of us do, I’m sure.
The continual horrors of lives lost due to a power-hungry autocrat, is simply something that has set the world’s stage on fire and sorrow.
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend, how a person can strive for so much control, and think only about the expansion of their empire, and the complete and utter disregard for human life.
To be sure, the world has always seen leaders who have stepped into this role, and yet as we see it portrayed on our screens and elsewhere daily, the ordeal is hammered home with a huge bloody mallet.
To only seek how to dominate and control another nation and its people, is beyond foreign to me.
It seems to obviously betray everything about just simply being human. To elevate violence and domination over life and humanity, is the pretext for everything that is evil and demonic.
And yet, we sit in our safe rooms and apartments far away from the slings of missiles and bombs, neatly tucked-away on our chairs and sofas. We have our electronic gadgets with the internet right at our fingertips to see these atrocities.
To be sure, we can very easily turn off the screen and find something more appealing to watch, and yet, what if the shoe was on the other foot? What if we were the ones in their place?
I have said this before and I will say again — how would we fare?
It is true of course, that we will always have wars. They have been with us since the time of Cain and Able.
Violence is at the heart of man, and yet, I find it hard to believe that peace is also not there.
There is room for each of us on this planet to exist, if we simply would know how to love and consider others as our equals.
It actually is summed up best in the gospels, to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12;31)
If we could simply consider others that way, then this world could begin to be a better place, but alas, that won’t happen, now will it?
I’m not being cynical here, but simply being realistic.
Our hearts are selfish, in that we think more about ourselves than others. Truly, we do live in a fallen world and the only way out, is through the Prince of Peace.
But we still live here in the meantime, and to find a place of safety and security should still be our hope.
These things have been set in motion by the powers that be and there seems to be no turning back now.
There’s no turning back now to the era of Ozzie and Harriet. There is very little innocence or wholesomeness to find at times in this world.
And yet there are still the faces of a child’s smile or the deep wisdom etched on the face of the elderly.
Time and providence have molded these things. We can still find warmth and hope in certain corners of this world, in spite of the gnawing evil and violence around us.
But it seems that a corner has been crossed; a page has been turned, and perhaps the final symphony will soon be played.
Once someone has tasted power, then it can become insatiable. The 19th century British politician Lord Acton, said it best: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?