Devotional | A Covenant of Peace
“And I will make a covenant of peace with them and it will be an everlasting covenant.” (Ezekiel 37:26 NIV)
We are in an epidemic of anxiety and stress, and it is no wonder when one looks at the mess of this world and the busyness of our lives. There is much to be anxious and stressed about, if we allow ourselves to dwell on things and circumstances around us. In fact, many people in today’s day and age, both in the church and out, struggle with anxiety, panic and depression.
Peace is not something we can buy. I wish it were that easy. It is not something for which we can strive for either. Peace is something that comes from the inside. It is a sense of rest and wellbeing, a feeling of contentment and joy, even in the midst of great difficulty and strife. It is something, which cannot be robbed by outward circumstances. Peace stands firm, even in the center of disaster which allows us to find rest.
The gift of peace is offered to all of us who belong to Christ. It is readily available to each of God’s children, because Jesus Himself is called the Prince of Peace. When we become one of His children at salvation, Jesus takes up residence within us; therefore peace becomes a part of who we are.
Philippians 4:6 states that we are to be “anxious for nothing." Nothing should make us anxious. So, how do we overcome anxiety? Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV) tells us, “But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Share with Him the concerns of your heart. Ask for His help, thank Him for how He has already helped you, and for how He is going to help you now.
And then, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts (your emotions) and your minds in Christ Jesus.” His peace will protect your thoughts and your emotions. It will allow you to rest without anxiety or fear and enable you to “rejoice in the Lord always” – in the good and bad.
Life is full of ups and downs. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer (don’t let it get you down) for I have overcome the world.” Ultimately, everything is going to work out for our good. That is a promise we can take to the bank. Through Christ, we are overcomers. Through Him, we have the victory.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)