The Peace of a Courageous Fighter

By Valerie Yanay 

As the mother of a soldier, and a friend to women whose sons or husbands are engaged in combat, I often think about the verses that speak about seeking and pursing peace. How can a soldier who loves the Lord also serve in combat? To be a peace-seeking fighter, I believe it’s essential not to rejoice in the death of one’s enemy, but always cultivate God’s love and compassion. This means constantly seeking God’s justice and kingdom, even in battle. 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mat 5:9

In Hebrew, the word “peacemakers” is translated רודפי שלום, it literally means “those who run after/chase after peace”. It means to seek peace by force even in this dark and somber night of war and hatred. The Holy Spirit within us cries out Abba Father for the suffering we see. We are His children and God who lives in us brings us His kingdom and His peace because He is in us. Through His Son we walk from glory to glory and bring forgiveness, grace and peace through our behavior. In the Bible we clearly read that wars happen, but at the same time the Bible highlights how God’s peace can transform people’s lives and communities for the better.

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18

It is essential to be a peacemaker and to be covered by the power of God, to rely on God’s guidance constantly, as in war we are faced with deep and complex moral issues at every moment. God’s guidance is the way to resolve the tension between war and peace. Many soldiers I know are living examples: They don’t fight out of vengeance, but rather by embodying love and peace and reflecting Yeshua to those around them. After the tragic massacre on October 7th, a great deal of anger emerged in people’s hearts. However, with the Lord on our side, we are helped to overcome the greatest pain. It is impossible to act with vengeance while seeking to build God’s kingdom and to be conformed to His image. Our combat must be driven by an honest heart, seeking God’s kingdom and striving for justice with an unquenchable hunger and thirst.

Give praise to the Lord, my Rock. He trains my hands for war. He trains my fingers for battle.” Psalm 144:1

As warriors that rely on God we don’t rejoice in killing (Ezekiel 18:23), moreover, we are even sad that we are forced to chase evil away by using force. The Lord is a fighter, He was with Moses and the people of Israel, destroying the Egyptian army for them (Exodus 14). The Lord was by David’s side when he fought, and on the side of Deborah and Gideon and with so many others, who fought against evil in His name.

Let us seek the grace of peace and mercy from God. Let us meet this challenge of being at war with the weapons of the Spirit within us that makes us more than conquerors

This is my prayer as a mother for our soldiers.

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