The peace of God
For the last week or so I have been following the dramatic news of a mutiny by the Wagner mercenary group against its Russian paymasters. Following tensions between President Putin and the Wagner leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner forces took control of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and then an armoured column of troops advanced towards Moscow.
Prigozhin accused the Russian defence minister and the Chief of general staff of incompetence and demanded their removal. A furious Putin accused Wagner of treason and promised harsh retribution. At almost the last moment, an uneasy truce was agreed – Prigozhin would go into exile to Belarus and no members of Wagner would be prosecuted. However, almost a week later, the situation remains tense.
At times like this, we are reminded of the wise words of Jesus, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matt. 12:25) Whether the principle is applied to a nation, a government, a family or a church, as Christians we can choose to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution.
Let’s be a part of the solution. Let us pray always for “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
About the Writer:
Peter Mill is Regional Co-Pastor for GCI in Scotland and Ireland