The Ultimate Covenant Keeper

sunandmoonFor the past week or so, I’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah. He was a prophet of God that was given a pretty difficult task. The nation of Israel had continually disobeyed God and repeatedly turned away from Him to the point He was ready to punish them. It’s kind of like the child who continues to try your patience until you have no choice but to enact some form of discipline. Jeremiah is given the unenviable task of being the messenger of the bad news – God’s judgement is coming.

What is interesting in the pages of Jeremiah is the glimmer of hope that God continues to provide for His people. He made a covenant with David that He was going to keep and I love the way it is expressed in Jeremiah 33:19-22:

19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant — and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me —can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’ ”

Isn’t that great imagery? If you can break the cycle of day turning to night and night turning to day, then God will break His covenant with David. You can count on God keeping His promise just like you count on the sun rising and setting each day. He will keep His promises, even when we break ours. God is the Ultimate Covenant Keeper.

Chose You For You

My YouVersion reading has me in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy.  Moses is recalling what the Lord has done for the people and Israel is preparing to take possession of the Promised Land.

Moses reminds them of what God has done on their behalf and how, if they remain faithful to God, He will remain faithful to them.

In chapter 7, the people of God are reminded of why God picked them.  I think they are words we need to hear, too.

Deuteronomy 7:7-10:   7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

God did not love Israel because they were the biggest or the fastest or the strongest.  In fact, they were none of those things.  God loved them despite their shortcomings and was faithful to them.  The same is true for us – God doesn’t love us because of anything we do or are.  He has chosen to love us and will be faithful to continue to love us…to a thousand generations.

Reading these verses reminded me of a song I heard on the radio by JJ Heller. The chorus says, “I will love you for you.  Not for what you have done or what you will become.  I will love you for you.”

Good reminder that we are loved by God for who we are and our faithfulness to Him is a response of His faithfulness to us.