Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Ultimate Peace Treaty

I ran across the most wonderful verse and promise about a week ago. Just reading it and marinating in it has been sweet to me: "'no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the Lord."(Isaiah 54:17)In fact, this entire chapter makes me smile. The prophet Isaiah is delivering a message to the people directly from God, and God really has some good news for them! These people had been struggling and striving in their relationship with the Lord for generations. Finally, after all this turmoil, God is ready for some peace and says, "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed."

I've had struggles with people and that's no fun, but I've had struggles with God and that is REALLY no fun. It brings me great comfort to just receive the promise that He's not mad at me and, in fact, has signed a peace treaty for eternity! Regardless of what I do, where I go, what I say or feel, the peace treaty remains intact. This is the first promise of this text, but it doesn't stop there. God tells the people that, because of the peace covenant, he will not abandon them AND if they are attacked by any enemies it will not be His doing. He doesn't promise they won't be attacked, He just says the attack won't come from Him.

I believe God knew that many people would not exactly feel comfort from this particular promise. I mean, why not just keep me from being attacked by anybody, right? Can't you do that, God? He was prepared to answer me and the many people who think like me. God answers this with "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coal into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc." God creates the people, but He really has little control over them at that point. They're free to go do their own creating, whether for good or evil, it's their own choice.

Here's the really good part! Let the blacksmith forge his weapons and plan to use them on me. Go build your weapons, forge an entire arsenal of weapons to use on me! Guess what, they are ineffective against me. You can plan any attack you want, but the attacks of others do not prevail against me. HA HA! Furthermore, make your accusations against me. They get refuted, each and every one of them everytime. It's my heritage as a servant of the Lord. What a wonderful and comforting promise, and I am finding it to be true. As false accusations are made and attacks launched, I rest in the comfort that I have a peace treaty with God and He is my ally in all battles lifting up a supernatural shield that thwarts all intended harm.

It is very easy and natural for me to "get my back up" when people try to suggest something about me that isn't true. I struggle with having a little bit of an "attitude" and a quick temper. Before I've even had time to think about a situation, a sassy comment has already escaped my lips. Because of this tendancy to run my mouth, I've also had to become very adept at apologies. For a hothead like me, I am quieted by the promise from God that the ultimate peace, peace between me and Him, is already established, and any attacks or accusations from people will not prevail. So, chill. :-)

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  1. Melissa,
    What a timely and most eloquent post!
    If we were to list two character defects; the two major areas requiring attention, I would have to list "restraint of mouth, pen, and KEYBOARD"
    Oh the troubles I have caused myself from sitting down to a keyboard and pounding off my "feelings."
    When the dust settles I am right back at said computer extending an olive branch.
    I am pleased to write that I have "tamed" within the past decade - my "period of enlightenment", though this will always be my cross to bear. I do turn to God more-so today and seek His guidance as I have been shown time and time again what a mess I create when I try to orchestrate.

    On a side note-I, this summer, am starting graduate school to become a substance abuse counselor. While I would love to seek employment in a Christian counseling facility, I realize that in the field of recovery this is not likely (I only know of Teen Challenge).
    My question to you is, do you struggle with not exerting your faith when providing therapy?
    I do consider this often as I project into this new career path of mine.
    Any discussion would be so much appreciated!!!
    Have a fabulous day - it is dreary rain here in the Twin Cities.

  2. I haven't found my faith beliefs to be a barrier for me at any time in providing therapy. I might just be really lucky there! When I am in a session with a client, I go into therapy mind, which requires heavy sustained dual attention of both myself and the other person. I probably should interject some faith a whole lot more than I do! I don't see my faith having any more affect on my work as it would any other person's work, you see? Actually I've been amazed at the number of people that arrive at my office and after a few sessions, they are the ones who start bringing up God. In fact, I will rarely ever bring up God unless the client does. I've had clients say things like, "I've been praying to God that He would send someone to help me," or "Why do you think God let this happen to me?" or "Do you think there is a God that is even listening to me?" My own personal faith has been a source of strength and sanity for me in this difficult work.

  3. Thanks for that reply!
    Undoubtedly AA's foundation is based on reliance on your HP - that said, I hope God does use me as a tool to answer some of those questions I will surely get.

    In AA we're to speak always "this has been my experience"
    That may just be my avenue for witnessing!

  4. Melissa, appreciate you sharing. A lot of insight into your words. Blessings.

  5. Came back by to give you a hug Melissa ((((Melissa))))

  6. I love how the Lord speaks to us! So glad I found your blog.