Enjoying the covenant of peace
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; It shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.”(Ezekiel 37:26)
GLORY be to God for the last month of the year. It has been the sustenance of God since January. My prayer is that in peace we shall end this year in Jesus name. The book of Ezekiel chapter 37 is full of God’s ability to bring hope to the hopeless situation. Ezekiel found himself in the valley of dry bones that showed the state of the nation of Judah and Israel. The assurance of restoration of these nations as one was revealed to Prophet Ezekiel, and this could only be done by the Spirit of God. In the process, God promised them the covenant of peace as zeal to their re-union. Peace is very important in a growing nation and growing economy.
But the peace promised by God is a covenantal peace, it is an agreement with God and God is the initiator of this peace. The state of our nation shows that peace is costly because of insecurity, banditry and terrorism. But God’s intention is for us to live in peace in the land. “And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince forever.” (v25) During the “EndSARS” problem last year, our amiable governor said: “This is not the Lagos handed over to me by the past leaders.”
This means that the crises have eroded the peace in the land, but God of peace has returned peace to our State. I declare permanent Peace in Lagos and Nigeria in Jesus name.
These are the roles and benefits from the Covenant of peace.
We must be identified with God: We can only do this through genuine repentance from our evil ways. The youth should shun every form of violence and criminalities. The adult should uphold justice and promote equity in distribution of wealth. The Force should abide with the ethics of their duty, and be satisfied with their wages. “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”(Luke 3:14)
Covenant of peace requires submission to God and human leadership: “And David my servants shall be king over them; and they shall have one shepherd…”(Ezekiel 37:24a) For the covenant of peace to be active, people must submit to God and the state leadership. If we have only one leadership, we must be loyal to his leadership. We should come together to fight our common enemies creating instability in the land.
Covenant of Peace must be preached and taught: The essence of this covenant is to promote peaceful co-existence. We and our children shall live in peace and their children.
Covenant of peace brings increase and abundant: “…I will multiply them…” If we want to enjoy the prosperity of Nigeria and Lagos State, we should join hands together to promote peace. The negative impact of violence leads to economic and spiritual set back. At this period of Christmas, live in peace, pursue peace and promote peace.
Rev Dr. Emmanuel Ojo, Christ the Rock Baptist Church, Mende, Maryland, Lagos.