A Swedish physicist named Alfred Nobel created dynamite in 1866. Mr. Nobel had great intensions when he created dynamite. He wanted to create an explosive that could move rock to allow people to build roads, remove difficult obstacles and even tear down old buildings. His goal was to create a force so powerful that it would make life better.
Unfortunately, the problem is that people took his creation and used it for destructive purposes. It didn’t take long for people to abuse his invention in order to kill people and to make war. Mr. Nobel was so upset that his good invention was being used in a wrong, destructive way, that in 1895 he took nine million dollars (worth approximately $303,981,430 today), put it into an account, and began to award people for promoting peace. This international award is known today as the Nobel Peace Prize.
What motivated Mr. Nobel was the fact that his invention that he had intended for good was being used for wrong. He wanted to reward those who were doing what his intentions were. When these people receive this prestigious award, they become internationally known as Nobel Peace Prize winners. They are called by that name because they make peace instead of making war. God is looking for some Nobel Peace Prize winners. He’s looking for some people that He can bless and award because instead of making war, they’re making peace by living sanctified lives as children of God in our lost and dying world.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9 ESV)