An eternal covenant with the God of peace

You know, just typing that headline above raises a longing in my heart and soul. We long for peace. We yearn for things sure and dependable. We ache for God. The eternity He has planted in us calls out to His eternity.

May I pray this prayer for you who are reading?

Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT:

Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.

May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.

   All glory to him forever and ever!

      Amen.

The God of peace. Isn’t it good to know that He is the God of peace? Not the God of punishment, who will crush you because you have failed. Or the God of perfection, who demands the impossible. Or the God who is beyond and apart from us. He is the God who has come to live with us and bring us peace.

The One who raised Jesus from the dead, the God who has power that can defeat death, has extended the invitation to you: Come, I will make this covenant with you. 

He has not left us helpless and hopeless. The great Shepherd came to earth to gather in and care for those who belong to Him. And then the blood of the Shepherd sealed the deal. The covenant God offers is the covenant of grace, paying the penalty for your wrongs, adopting you, and giving you all the privileges of God’s own child.

This is an eternal covenant! It will not be revoked; there is no expiration date; He will not change His mind or alter the terms.

He bought you back from the kingdom of darkness to make you a part of His own kingdom.
He promises to equip you with all that you need to live the life He’s inviting you to live.
He will produce in you the good things that please Him.
What a covenant! There is no fine print that says you must deliver and you must produce. He will produce in your life those things that please Him.

You can never do that on your own. All of your own resources will not equip you sufficiently to do these things. You do not have the power. But God’s covenant with you promises that Jesus’ own power will flow through you and He will do it. Beyond our imagining!

And that covenant stands forever.

He is faithful and will do it. And the glory will all be His.

Amen.

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