The Eternal Covenant of Peace

The Eternal Covenant of Peace

Isaiah 54:7-10 ‘For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer. … For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

As I read this passage, I am reminded of the stories from the Old Testament — the stories of Moses, Abraham, Joseph and David. Each had struggles and didn’t always do the right thing. About 20 years ago, I did a Bible study that took you through every book of the Bible, digging deep into the stories. This study brought such comfort to me. For the first time I realized that no human on earth is or ever has been perfect, except for Christ. The people in the Bible struggled with everyday issues, just as we do.

There are times in our walk with God that, due to our actions, He does hide His face from us. But this is only “for a moment!” He then gathers us with great compassion back to Him. His gift to us is this covenant of peace that He made with our ancestors many years ago. It is this peace that calms our hearts and souls during trying times.

As we watch and wait during this Advent season, may we remember this covenant of peace and the tremendous price God paid for us. As we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s birth, let us remember the cost of this gift. God gave His all so that we may know Him more fully. Christ came to show us how to live, how to love, how to treat others and, more importantly, how to seek God’s presence and peace in our lives!

Prayer: Gracious God, as we await the coming of Christ, help us to be still and seek your presence and your peace. May we renew our relationship with you and walk humbly with you. Amen.

Tricia Cupell is Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Coordinator, 2013-2016, Mission u Assistant Dean 2015-2016, and Mission u Dean 2017.

Posted or updated: 11/30/2016 11:00:00 PM

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