“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Job 22:21).
If we gloss over the first part of this verse from Job we would read, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace” as “Get to know God and be at peace”. But digging into the original text reveals so much more.
“Acquaint” comes from the Hebrew “Cakan” meaning to be of use or service to. To acquaint ourselves with God is to be profitable to Him. And for any of us to be of good use to God we must then have full knowledge of Him. The familiarity “acquaint” refers to is as those who reside with each other. In this type of association and relationship you become very well acquainted and accustomed to each other’s ways and being.
The phrase, “now thyself with him, and be at peace” is all derived from the single Hebrew word, “Shalam”. Its meaning goes well beyond just “being” at peace. Shalam is a covenant of peace. This is something we all need to carefully consider. A covenant is an agreement, a contract. A covenant of peace therefore is a pre-arranged and premeditated decision and bond to generate and perpetuate rectitude, righteousness and tranquility of soul. Be forewarned! The devil will fight a covenant of peace every step of the way. He will throw up problems and offer legitimate excuses for you to react to those problems in an effort to get you to break your covenant.
The Devil is a slanderer and a false accuser. Satan is the adversary and will oppose all things of God. He is a covenant breaker and a troublemaker. He hates peace. He hates righteousness. He loves to cause a word and an oath to fail.
“thereby good shall come unto thee”. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
To acquaint ourselves with God and to be in a covenant of peace with Him has many virtues, all of which work for our good. Sometimes that good comes in the form of adversity. But we know that, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
But even during times of adversity we are still at peace with our self and with God. Peace, true peace is that tranquility of soul that can only come from the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. To be filled with the divine essence and nature affords this peace and enables us to “withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).
Acquaint yourself with God and let His peace rule in your hearts. Let His word, Jesus Christ, “dwell in you richly in all wisdom” and teaching (Colossians 3:16).
“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” (Philippians 4:6-7).
They that seek the Lord and acquaint themselves with him “shall not want any good thing” (Psalm 34:10).
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace!
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