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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Making peace with my wilderness

God' covenant of Grace is a covenant
of Peace and of safety
...wherever we find ourselves.  
I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forests in safety. I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing.  I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.
Ezekiel 34:25-26 (NIV)

On more than 20 separate occasions I have lamented my tarrying in the wilderness. I have reminded myself that this journey  was one I was bound to take, and while the length of my wandering was known only to God, I always knew I’d make my way out. Paraphrasing Matthew Henry in his commentary on Ezekiel 34, my numerous “iniquities and calamities…have been largely and pathetically lamented before…” in this blog. I had it wrong.

God is teaching me a new thing, and before today it wasn’t even something I’d dare wrap my head around. I may never end my wilderness wandering, and this I now embrace with joy. 

I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they my live in the wilder and sleep in the forests in safety.

Matthew Henry explains that “The covenant of grace is a covenant of peace. In it God is at peace with us, speaks peace to us, and assures us of peace, of all good, all the good we need to make us happy.” Wherever we find ourselves. 

My peace rests forever in Him. 

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