Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

“Rules are made to be broken” – I think this is one way to define mankind. Any rule we’ve ever come up with has been broken probably a million times.  So, what is the point of the Ten Commandments considering all they accomplish is pointing out our repeated failure? Well, maybe that’s the point! Since our declaration of independence way back when we left the Garden of Eden we have come up with a myriad of rules to regulate human society, the latest and greatest being democracy.  Our advancements in technology have linked us globally like never before. Still, regardless of all our achievements the world is still erupting in ongoing wars. At the time of this writing, there are 10 official wars and 8 active military conflicts recognized by the United States. There are also other violent conflicts involving 64 countries and 576 militias and separatist groups. All our advances have not enabled us to stop the war machine. Ever wondered why?

I believe one of the answers is that rules don’t change people. Change is really God’s business.  God has mapped out a peaceful society for the future.  That society will not be based on rules but will be based on the Messiah. The deeper meaning of His title “Prince of Peace” is the fact that He is able to put an end to any kind of war – war between countries, war between people, even war between animals. No more killing, no more violence. “This is Utopia” one might say. Surprisingly, Utopia is already in the making – in the human heart, that is.  When asked, Jesus always talked about the kingdom of God in terms of small beginnings that would grow into something greater, like a little mustard seed becoming a tree; yeast permeating the dough.  The mustard seed has already been planted and the yeast of the gospel is currently permeating human society around the globe.

On a personal level, the mustard seed of God’s faith is planted inside of us when we hear and accept what the Holy Spirit has to say. God speaks, and He has a lot to say. My experience with God’s voice is that He is by no means overwhelming. It’s a daily progressive conversation revealing bit by bit who He is.  And like a mustard seed the tree of understanding grows.  The tree growing from God’s seed is not the tree of knowledge – we already ate from that tree, and knowledge has not brought about world peace.  The tree coming from God’s seed is the tree of understanding.  The veil is taken from our eyes.  We can see clearly now, the rain is gone!

1 Corinthians 13:12: “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

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