Sunday, June 3, 2012
But, by God's grace, I didn't stay there. I didn't know it then, but when He gave me a way out, we made a deal. He calls it a covenant, but in plain language, it's a contract to which both parties bring binding agreement. The God of the universe made a promise to me and I to Him. This is it: I will believe in Him, worship Him only. I will wear proudly the gift of faith. In return, He will defend me and give me peace.
You see, the world hasn't improved any since my days of deep sin. In fact, it's gotten worse and will continue to do so. I am in more danger from sinful surroundings and tendencies now than I ever was. But I to not have to fear this disintegrating world.
I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have flowed like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.--Isaiah 48:17-18
Though the mountains be shaken and the earth be removed, my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.--Isaiah 54:10
And the mountains will undoubtedly be shaken. Some days, it feels like their rumblings already threaten. But, as the earth tends more to violence and degradation, God's peace increases correspondingly--always faithful, always plenty.
I do not need fear. I am out. We have a deal.
If God is with us, who can be against us?--Romans 8:31
Remain in me and I will remain in you.--John 15:4
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...since you were called to peace. And be thankful.--Colossians 3:15