By Pastor Ted R. House
Isaiah 54:10: "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." This chapter is speaking to the nation of Israel about the 1000- year reign of Christ, but we can apply it to us today. How? Because God is promising a covenant of peace. If we have accepted Christ as our Saviour, God has given us peace. Right now, today, we ought to be experiencing that peace. It is a peace for everyday living. In John 14:27 Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." When God gives us peace, it is a peace that the world cannot offer. Philippians 4:6-7 says: "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
This is the peace for everyday living! It is available to us! God has promised it. There is also peace for days of extreme trials. In John 16:33 Jesus said: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." When we are saved, we are saved by the Overcomer! We are on the winning side! Read the back of the book, we win! Because God has given us His peace, even in tribulation, we should be of good cheer. We should not be overwhelmed in our hearts and in our minds. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said: "...upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
For the last 2000 years, Israel has been temporarily set aside, and God is working in the church. The church has been through a lot of trials, but Jesus promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it! God gave us peace and we should be exercising that peace through these times of extreme living. This is not the first rodeo for the church! It is not the end of the world. Think about those Christians from the first few hundred years of church history! Think about the time the universal church persecuted the true church during the dark ages and the time of the Spanish Inquisition. The church survived. In America, the church was under great distress during the Civil War and the following wars, and it survived. It is not the first time we have been through perilous times. Yes, we will have tribulations but He has given us peace, it is a covenant of His peace! There are Christians all around the world.
In fact, there is a large church with almost 2000 people in Havana, Cuba only a few blocks from the governmental offices, and Cuba is a socialistic country. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church of Jesus Christ! We do not need to be troubled, stirred up, or depressed. We have God's covenant of peace of mind and heart through His Son. Happiness is a choice, and peace is a choice. God's peace is for eternal living. John 10:27-28: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." What a wonderful promise! Romans 5:1 says: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ". We can decide that we are going to have peace about things, or we can choose to worry about them. The answer is down on our knees in prayer with thanksgiving.