38 “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. 39 I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. 40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. 41 It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
43 Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne? 44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.”
45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.
48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. 50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.”
51 Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. 53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.”
So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. 54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.
55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home. Genesis 31:38-55
Laban and Jacob called an official truce to their internal feuding. Truces exist to prevent war and to maintain a peaceful co-existence with someone else. As we go through the Old Testament we’ll see numerous examples of one king approaching another king to set up a peace treaty.
When people ask heads of state what they want for Christmas, more often than not, they say “Peace on Earth.” Interesting, isn’t it?
Peace in our day is elusive and complex, especially when one side doesn’t want peace at all and is yelling Death to Israel!, Death to America! And those are some of the countries we know about. Consider any number of warring African nations. There is no peace nor is there a desire for peace.
Ultimately, the internal peace we have from a relationship with Jesus Christ allows us to have peace on the outside.
Sometimes, though, that peace on the inside can erode because of life events. You lose your peace and joy and contentment.
Somebody reading this right now is experiencing that turmoil inside. You don’t have the peace you once had. You don’t have that joy.
Fortunately, you can reclaim all of that. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and wants us to reach out.
Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. James 4:8