Scripture: from verse 10
My covenant of peace shall not be removed
Observation: The phrase “covenant of peace” is only used a few other times in the Bible. In Numbers 25, God gave His covenant of peace to a priest named Phineas, in recognition of His dedication to preserving the righteousness of God’s people. (Admittedly that dedication took the rather unusual form of killing two people while they were having sex, but that’s a discussion for another day.) Phineas’ family would have a perpetual priesthood, because of the covenant of peace. Israel is promised a covenant of peace in Ezekiel (chapters 34 and 37), which means that God will protect them in their land and they will live securely. They will have peace with God, peace with the surrounding nations, and peace with their environment – even the wild animals will be kept back from them.
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, and it encompasses much more than simple peace. It includes health and wholeness and safety and friendship and restoration. God has entered a covenant to give us those things, and His promise will not be shaken.
God recently gave me a new piece of shalom – He healed an old hurt I only recently realized existed. The effects have been fascinating. It might not appear dramatic, but I can tell that I’m more whole and better integrated than I was. Yesterday I picked up a dozen things without feeling stressed or worried or compelled to keep working. Today I made a phone call to customer service without worrying that I would say the wrong thing. It wasn’t momentous, either – I can just do it now. God wove the torn neural patterns back together.
Application: Ask God to fix what isn’t whole
Prayer: Lord, I praise you because you can see the whole of creation and you know how it is supposed to fit together. I praise you because you can integrate all things seamlessly into your plan. Thank you for giving us shalom. Help me to come to you for help when I need it. Amen.