2 Kings 9:20-22 20 Again the watchman reported, “He reached them but hasn’t started back. Also, the driving is like that of Jehu son of Nimshi — he drives like a madman.” 21 “Harness! ” Joram shouted, and they harnessed his chariot. Then Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah set out, each in his own chariot, and met Jehu at the plot of land of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Do you come in peace, Jehu? ” He answered, “What peace can there be as long as there is so much prostitution and witchcraft from your mother Jezebel? ”
Apparently Jehu was a crazy driver. The watchman on the wall could tell who he was from far away because he was driving like a madman. Do you know anyone like that? They think they are in an action movie and must evade the bad guys or something. They go weaving in and out of traffic and it gains them a total of 10 seconds on their commute. This is the kind of stuff that causes car accidents. Hmmm… I wonder if Jehu ever caused a chariot accident. Or maybe he was the suspect in the 8-camel pile up. I digress.
Even though Jehu was a crazy driver, he was actually a pretty smart guy. He had some things figured out about the nature of God. You see, people kept coming to meet him on the road asking if he was coming in peace. His answer to the final guy was actually quite clever: “how can there be any peace with all this prostitution and witchcraft going on?” That’s a really good question. How can there be peace when sin is rampant? How can there be serenity when evil is having it’s way?
How can we have peace if we are not at peace with God? That’s the million dollar question. And the answer is that we really can’t. Sin keeps us ashamed, guilty, opposed to God, stuck, and burdened. Those are certainly not descriptors of peace. Peace happens when we get right. It happens when we repent. It happens when we take our whole burden and place it at the feet of Jesus. Do you have peace today? Are the conditions right in your life for it to even exist?