I was watching the film ‘Dunkirk’ for the second time the other day with some friends. It’s a very good movie and well worth a watch in my opinion!
One of the things that I was reminded of when viewing it again was the sheer horror of war.
Now, I don’t want to get into a discussion about if and when such engagement is justifiable. Needless to say that whatever your view most would agree that it is a grisly, tragic, bloody, ruthless and painful affair.
I’ve just finished looking through the book of Micah with my Bible study group. Put (very) briefly, Micah is a book about right and deserved judgement coming to a sinful people before a perfect future new world for a remnant brought about by God.
One of the features of this new creation highlighted by the writer is the fact that it will be without any conflict:
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.
These verses would have been a very big deal to an Israelite nation well used to battles and attack from all sides. I imagine too for a believer today exposed to the ferocious reality of war, whether that be a grandparent who fought in World War 2 or a Syrian Christian subjected to constant bombardment, this promise of unending peace would be something to really rejoice in.
I probably don’t appreciate this amazing quality quite as much as I should. I have never faced such brutality. I may have heard about it, discussed it, or even studied it but none of these come remotely close to actually experiencing it.
Watching ‘Dunkirk’ increased my longing for the new creation described in Micah. Not only will there be no war, there’ll also be a perfect ruler (Jesus), prosperity, a perfect relationship with God and so much more.
Such a certain future, obtained through the blood of Jesus helps me keep going through the trials and tribulations of this life. We know such trials are not in vain. Rather, they help us endure to the very end until we enter the great rest God has planned for us.
We can therefore say like Micah:
But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
Onward Christian soldier!