In 2 Kings we read that there can be no peace when evil exists. Read 2 Kings 9:18-22. This passage follows a verse with the watchman noting that Jehu’s mob was approaching. The horseman asked “Do you come in peace” numerous times. Jehu continued to respond, “What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me” (vs. 18, 19).
The third time King Joram himself asks Jehu if he comes in peace. Jehu says this: “What peace can there be as long as there is so much prostitution and sorcery from your mother Jezebel?” (v. 22). Jehu notes that there can be no peace when there is all of this evil around them.
Even today, this remains true. We were created good and made for good things. Yes, we have a sinful nature. It is when we follow that nature, when we give in to temptation, that leads us to sin. When we invite sin to have a seat at our table, we slowly will see peace vacate. Sin sticks to you like sand on your feet at a beach trip. You keep trying to push it aside, but eventually you see sand in your car, in your suitcase, at your house. No only does sin stick, but it also has a domino effect. Often we sin to cover the sin. Or we lose the pleasure from the previous sin and need to have that quick fix again. The temptation is right there because it is still in the recent memories. Eventually, some will just accept the sand all over, even becoming indifferent to it.
Today’s passage is a great reminder of the importance of holiness. Romans 12:1 says: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (ESV). The way to holiness is linked to God’s Word (John 17:17). This is why we must continue to draw near to God daily in prayer and in His Word. If our eyes are so fixed on Jesus, our path will be the straight and narrow one. God provides us peace beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7). If you are not feeling peace today, seek God and allow the Spirit to open your eyes to any evil that may be around.