That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. (Ps. 67:2)
ADOLP HITLER’S WAR MACHINE was revved up and ready to storm across Europe. It was 1939, the year Great Britain found itself at war with Nazi Germany. It was also the year my parents, older brother, and I left Scotland and sailed to Canada. From that fateful year until now, I have heard how international wars and civil wars have devastated nations and sent millions of souls into eternity.
Will the world ever enjoy peace? Yes, Isaiah predicted the end of war when Jesus reigns on earth. He wrote that nations “will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isa. 2:4). During that peaceful time, knowledge of God will be universal. Jeremiah 31:34 cites the Lord as saying, “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me.”
However, peace and the knowledge of God are not universal qualities today. Therefore, the mandate to proclaim the gospel to all nations is in effect (Matt. 28:18–20; Mark 16:15). We can do our part by praying for missionaries and supporting them financially. We can also befriend people of other cultures and tell them about God’s amazing love. Perhaps even today God will give you an opportunity to provide a cross-cultural witness.
The gospel is good news. Share it with someone today!
Jim Dyet was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. Married fifty-eight years, he and his wife Gloria live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys golf and daily walks with their dogs.
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