These two posts go together
I feel strongly and suddenly to share this word.
Perhaps many people will take encouragement from this…
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. – Is 54:10
That is a covenant of peace which God is offering to establish with you… on your behalf.
That word peace… it is shalom in Hebrew.
I think that peace is not the best description of the word shalom. It’s not a wrong word, but for my culture the word “completeness” is a better word to create a visual image of the real meaning.
Let me clarify…
- “Peace” is what you will have, because God will create it in your life IF you trust Him.
- “Completeness” is a good way to imagine and understand the peace that He is talking about.
What do I see?
I see God offering a covenant of completeness… an all pervasive peace in every area of your life. God’s work in your life will be complete in every area of your life. It is what He will do for you and to you and in your life.
If you trust Him and believe… then He will work in your life to make…
- your experience of intimacy with God complete
- your health completely well
- your emotions completely stable and strong
- your future completely safe, even though you follow Him into battle
- your family completely safe, even though you follow Him into (seemingly) unsafe places
- your finances complete… greatly exceeding your needs so that you have Heavenly beauty
Do you see why He promises peace… and why I say that another meaning of the word shalom (completeness) is visually more useful to see what God is offering those who will believe Him?
When I say: believe Him, I really mean: trust and follow Him into unexpected and even (usually) unsafe places.
The enemy knows that God exists, but the enemy doesn’t follow and trust. Our faith is not just a knowing… it is an active trusting and following even into things we may not understand or want.
To follow God into battle is to risk everything that we have. But if we know that He has established a covenant of completeness with us then we can believe Him and trust Him and follow Him… knowing that we will have more than what we need at all times.
We WILL have peace… we WILL have completeness in all areas of life. How can I be so sure? Because God has COVENANTED to establish that in our lives.
A covenant of peace is not meant to be understood that we stay home and stay safe. A covenant of peace is God making a commitment to
- guard us
- protect us
- build us up
- surround us
- take care of our children
- restore our youth
- wipe away every tear
- beautify us
This covenant is for those who love Him… those who sacrifice their lives for others… those who follow Him.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord. – Is 54:17
If you spend some time reading Isaiah 54 (and 55) you will see many more aspects to the provision that God is promising.
In Is 55 it says two more things about this covenant…
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David. – Is 55:3
This “new” covenant is everlasting and it includes and extends upon the promises contained in the covenant given to King David… in 1 Chron, 2 Sam and in 2 Chron as well…
I will be his father and he shall be My son; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him – 1 Chron 17:13
I will be his father, and he will be my son. – 2 Sam 7:13
The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. The surety of the promises made rests solely on God’s faithfulness and does not depend at all on David or Israel’s obedience. The “new” covenant or Covenant of Peace – which is what this post is about – is also unconditional as was the covenant God gave to Abraham… our only involvement is to believe.
2 Chron 6:16 adds a condition of obedience… despite that not being a part of what God said to David through the prophet Nathan…
Now therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.’ – 2 Chron 6:16
If we choose not to believe His words then we fail to reap the full rewards. This is evident time and again throughout the stories in scripture.
If you are planning to enter into this covenant with God, take a moment to read this post: Living Waters to find out what the way to enter in is. God bless you!