The world is at war.

But I’m not talking about the kind of war you’re thinking.

My pastor on Sunday said, “We live in a world that is at war with God.” It’s hard to disagree.

Terrorism, violent protests, broken families, drug abuse, and hateful rants on Facebook–seems like we can’t get away from depressing news and angry people.

But all of these are symptoms of the real problem, the one that began in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. We humans want what we want.[Tweet “Like a 2-year-old, we don’t like to be told ‘No.””] And like my two-year-old granddaughter, we don’t like it when someone tells us “no.” Whether started by an individual, a nation, or a group united in a cause, most disagreements and violence stem from the desire to get our own way.

We Christians are not exempt. Sometimes we forget to imitate Jesus, seeking our own way instead. Even Jesus’ followers struggled with this. They thought He had come to start a rebellion against Rome and free the Jewish people. But Jesus gave them (and us) good news: “In me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, ESV).

Jesus never promised that the world would have complete peace until He returns. But He did promise that those who believe in Him can have inner peace.

In the end, we know that God wins. In the meantime, instead of wringing our hands and worrying about the state of the world, we should be praying that those who are fighting against God will instead find true satisfaction–not in getting what they want, but in trusting Jesus.


The Secret Heart

My upcoming release, The Secret Heart, tells the story of a beautiful woman and a powerful man who want what they want. Based on Bathsheba and King David, it’s the third book in the Mended Vessels series. After her husband was killed in action, Shawna married the governor of Tennessee. But hiding the messy truth puts a strain on their relationship. Will their shared secret destroy his political career–or sabotage their marriage?

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