“In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.” Psalm 72:7
In sharp contrast to what we are experiencing today, this verse gave me pause. First, I would not say the righteous are flourishing and second, evidence of the abundance of peace is rare. This verse is part of a prayer that David brought before God for his son Solomon. He was seeking God in his desire for Solomon to follow after righteousness, leading the people to know the abundance of peace. He was praying for his son and his people regarding the way to peace, which he knew all too well was through pursuing a life of righteousness.
Sadly, today it is rare to find parents praying such prayers for the lives of their children. For the most part their goals and aspirations are centered around wealth and fame, regardless of what the cost might be. The cost has been that evil has crept in through the lack of prayer in our homes. The Bible has become covered in dust and families no longer make priority for God in their lives. So it is that we find ourselves in a time when righteousness has become viewed by the world as evil and evil has become that which is viewed as right. A time when the way to peace has been lost by the world at large; and now, across our Country. A country that was once established around the principles of righteousness no longer knows the way to peace.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
“Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!” Isaiah 5:23
“The way of peace they know not: and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” Isaiah 59:8
The door has been open and the welcome mat has been laid out for the ways of darkness that have invaded homes across America. Darkness that has destroyed families, leaving children to follow paths of destruction. Parents have failed to uphold the ways of righteousness, they failed to pray for the ways of their children and now the way to peace as been lost.
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:14-18
Oh, that we might find our way back, that we might restore the power of prayer. That we might once again spend time praying over the hearts and minds of our children before darkness creeps in to steal their lives. That righteousness might once again flourish, bringing about once again the way to peace. “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79