'Day One' Blog

The New Covenant – Dec. 23

Meditation for the Soul ~

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt,
my covenant that they broke,
though I was their husband, declares the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days,
declares the Lord:
I will put my law within them,
and I will write it on their hearts.
And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
And no longer shall each one teach
his neighbor and each his brother, saying,
‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,
declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquity,
and I will remember their sin no more.”
~ Jeremiah 31: 31-34 ~
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace
among those with whom he is pleased!”
~ Luke 2:14 ~

Reflection for the Mind ~

I read the above text with the manger scene in my mind and it’s powerful! Christmas stands just two days away. We’ll see signs of the impending arrival everywhere as we go about our business today.  We’ll also likely have loads of “opportunities” to give our peace away in all the frenzy (note to self).

’Peace’ is our last heading for this advent devotional. And I cannot think about peace without thinking about the new covenant. This covenant makes possible my peace and yours. The forgiveness of sins and God’s decision to put them out of His mind are gifts He offers to us. When we accept those gifts we enter the new covenant with God. We are reconciled to Him, back in right standing and able to know Him as the prophet Jeremiah foretold. So peace is ours! It’s ours to enjoy.

We are new covenant people at peace with our Maker because of all the babe in the manger would do on our behalf! Wouldn’t it be a shame to squander the peace that comes to us at so great a cost? Today let’s not just protect and enjoy that peace, but be agents of peace for those in our path.

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, peace is such a coveted commodity. But you offer it to Your children in abundance. It’s ours to enjoy and put on display. Come alive in me in the person of Your Spirit so that peace overrides any chaos today might bring. How often I have given my peace away, overwhelmed by the trappings of our cultural traditions surrounding Christmas. I ought to be the calm in the chaos! “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3). There’s the answer! Thank You Lord.

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8 Comments

  • Mari-Lynn Finley

    1

    Thank you, this is a relief to read this morning!

    • Anne Barbour

      2

      Thank you, Mari-Lynn. May you experience the peace of God deep within your soul today!

  • Judi menger

    3

    Anne, thank you for these powerful messages and your insight into God’s Word. It has helped shape my perspective this joyful season. Blessings to you and John and the family!

    • Anne Barbour

      4

      Thank you, Judi! Love to you and your sweet family. Merry Christmas! - Anne

  • Juliette Owens

    5

    If ever I've needed to accept and tap into His gift of peace, it's now. Thank you Anne. Big love and blessings to you.

    • Anne Barbour

      6

      Thank you, Julie. Your family is in our daily prayers. Merry Christmas! - Anne

  • Lu

    7

    Anne, thank you for this beautiful fresh look at the amazing perfectly planned events surrounding our Savior's birth. It has deepened my understanding and caused me to see more clearly all that God did out of His great love. Lord help me in the midst of the business to live in awareness of all you have done and share your love with those in my path.

    • Anne Barbour

      8

      I’m so very grateful for your thoughts! Merry Christmas, Luann! - Anne

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