Saturday, November 6, 2010

Peace

"For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." (3 Nephi 22:10 and Isaiah 54:10)

I was studying covenants the other day and read this reference. I had never before thought about how God covenanted to give us peace.

The Bible Dictionary defines "covenant" as:
"an agreement between persons or nations; more often between God and man; but in this latter case it is important to notice that the two parties to the agreement do not stand in the relation of independent and equal contractors. God in his good pleasure fixes the terms, which man accepts."

It makes me wonder what we agreed to do in order to receive God's peace. Live like Christ? Endure to the end? Possibly.

And then, to think of the immensity of removing the hills and mountains, which, although a simple task for God, would change the whole face of the earth--the likelihood of that is comparable to the likelihood of God removing His kindness and peace. In my opinion, it's rather unlikely.

And how does that change things for us? We have a responsibility to live up to what God expects of us, and in turn we will be blessed with His kindness and peace. He promised this, as long as we keep up our end of the covenant (which is still a bit of a mystery...if you have ideas, please share). But knowing that we can receive His peace changes everything. We can endure the most difficult of circumstances. Not only that, we can prevail. Conquer. Triumph. We can thrive. Trials can be the most beautiful experiences of our lives. And that changes everything.The view from Caleb's NICU room.