What makes us strong? – Community and unity, love and friendship, humility and understanding. Division on the other hand is like cancer ailing our society and even splitting up families and friends.
Division weakens us. The prophet Zechariah looks at the people of Israel in his generation and does not find much unity there. Into the chaos of wars and revolutions; into battlefields littered with blood, sweat and tears; into human desperation and loneliness, the prophet speaks words of encouragement.
Words of encouragement – God has a knack for that. He speaks: “Let there be light” when there is utter darkness and confusion. And guess what – God’s Word makes all the difference. He says: “Let there be light” and there is light.
Prophet Zechariah speaks: “The Lord will be king over the whole earth”. The prophet spoke the Word of God, and it will turn into reality. There will be a new heaven and a new earth devoid of division. There will be no more wars. There will be blessed peace.
How do we get there? We won’t. It is not by human endeavor that we achieve unity. Only by God’s Spirit and His might can we come together. Meanwhile, the Lord keeps prodding every human being on this planet to listen to what His Spirit has to say. He invites everyone to jump on His peace train before the new heaven and the new earth come to pass and a new chapter in the history of mankind begins. Jesus spoke to John, His disciple (Revelation 21:5):
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”
We can trust His Word. When we find God we find unity. He alone knows the way to peace.