Words from the Heart for Sunday January 6th, 2019
I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Genesis 17:7 (NIV)
An Everlasting Covenant
Back in 2011, the town of Conception Bay South in Newfoundland came up with a completely new means of honouring local veterans. It signed a Veteran and Family Community covenant, a public pledge to honour, recognize and support local veterans, military personnel and their families. The first of its kind in Canada, the Veteran and Family Covenant was “developed in an effort to reach out to communities and build on their efforts to be ‘veteran friendly.’”
Early on in human history, God revealed Himself as a covenant-making, and covenant-keeping God. In Abraham’s day, there were many nations, and each had their various gods whom they trusted to protect them, feed them and not wipe them from the face of the earth. They lived in fear of their gods, as do those in our day who continue in their empty religions. They never knew if what they did was enough to appease the anger of their gods, and get them to love them. What a contrast to the God who called Abraham. He was not a fickle god like those of other nations. Through His covenants, He taught His people that they could trust Him. He loved them and kept His promises to them. He would make other covenants with them, and with us, the most beloved being the covenant in the blood of His own Son, the Lord Jesus, on the Cross. This is the final fulfillment of the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 17:7: “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”
These have been words from the heart.