peace

For this track on Peace, we look at Proverbs 12:20.

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

1 Chronicles 19 outlines how King David showed kindness to an Ammonite king by the name of Hanun. Nahash was Hanun’s father who had recently passed. King Nahash and King David were both allies. So David sent his servants to help comfort the king and to show sympathy for his loss. Hanun’s princes told him that David was sending his men as spies.

So King Hanun had David’s servant’s beards cut and their garments were cut off at the buttocks. David’s servants were shamed by this event. King David was outraged and he told his servants that had been shamed to remain in Jericho until their beards grew back. The Ammonites realized King David was mad enough to go to war and they gathered their forces. They also hired mercenaries for the battle. The Ammonites had gotten a lot of Israel’s enemies to go to war against them and they were going to attack them on two sides.

David’s general Joab organized the army on two fronts since they were going to be attacked on two different sides. The Armeans were the Ammonites main attack force, but Israel defeated them and the Ammonites also fled. The Ammonites were defeated on that occasion.

The King went to war over an issue of suspicion. A King who had no use for peace. There was not a framework of covenant between nations and an innocent action was judged to be an unholy action.

Imagine that story rewritten. One man of peace, a counsellor of peace can end up having great joy.

To the councillors of peace there is joy. But when we view a problem with a frame of bitterness, pain and suspicion rather than covenant, the probability is that more war will emerge as the problem solving solution that is offered up by your right kidney and adrenals. On the other hand when we can frame any situation through a grid of our covenant with God and our surety with that covenant things are very very different.

The story of William Tyndale as he looked at his impending death through his covenant relationship with God, not through sadness over who betrayed him. He ended his life in pain but there was joy as he sees the fruit of his covenant posture.

prayer for peace

I bless you with looking at todays problems through the grid of covenant not potential loss. Thorough the grid of finding a way forward with peace rather than going forward with war.

I bless you with seeing the council of God within you instructing you to find a way forward with peace instead of a way with war.

questions to explore

Having listened to this track on Peace, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?

Do you have experiences of your own where like David or William you have positioned yourself well only to find betrayal or misunderstanding at your door? How did that make you feel?

Can you recount in other stories, movies where this concept is played out. The ending in pain not negating the joy one feels for doing the right thing and knowing a reward is forth coming?

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