Ezek. 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them…
Are you going through a difficult time? All of us do. Tough times are when we prove the promises of God. Anyone has peace when things are going well. Peace that is dependent on circumstances is not the kind of peace Ezekiel was preaching about in today’s verse. He was describing a peace that stands in the face of catastrophic circumstances.
I often think of the weeks shortly after Katrina devastated our city. The future looked bleak. Our leaders were gone and our church was scattered across the country. Just basing our future on the way things appeared, it wasn’t very bright. When I think back on those days I have found myself longing to be back in that time. I know it sounds crazy but we were experiencing a supernatural peace; we knew that God had us. There was even a joyful expectancy because so many miracles of provision and blessing were taking place. He had us safe in His hand. He always does. Today, He has you in His hand. You may be facing overwhelming obstacles, just rest. There is nothing you can do to fix it. Trust Him and stand still and see the hand of God work for you. Here are some thoughts about this peace from Billy Graham.
“Even the birds know peace: The sea was beating against the rocks in huge, dashing waves. The lightning was flashing. The thunder was roaring. The wind was blowing. But the little bird was asleep in the crevice of the rock, its head tucked serenely under its wing, sound asleep. That is peace—to be at rest in the storm.
Jesus was asleep in the boat when a storm like that arose. The disciples were terrified and woke Him, “Lord, we will perish; save us!”
Jesus “said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased” (Mark 4:39).
In Christ, we can be at peace in the midst of the confusions, bewilderments, and perplexities of this life. The storm rages, but our hearts are at rest.”
Take the example of the disciples in the midst of a storm with Jesus sleeping on the boat. He may seem like He is asleep but He is on the boat in the storm with you. Look to Him. Call out His name. He will rise and move on your behalf.