Life At Its Best: God wants covenant relationships with us
A covenant is a powerful thing. It's an unconditional commitment to love, support and stand by someone no matter what. If you've ever been a part of a relationship like this, you know the major rewards it brings.
There's a sense of security and confidence that comes from knowing someone has your back. But with those rewards also comes a sense of responsibility. We have a role to play in order to make the relationship work.
This concept is easy to understand in our relationships with others. We know what's expected of us and what we expect from those closest to us. But how does the concept of covenant apply to our relationship with God?
I remember asking this question as a 20-year-old. I was a new Christian and didn't know much about God or the Bible. I'd read about His promises, but I didn't know how they applied to me. The truth is I was just hoping He'd help me find a pretty wife and a good job. Other than that, I wasn't expecting much from Him.
One day, my thought process was challenged. It was in a conversation with a friend. We were talking about our futures and God's plan for us. I didn't have much to say, but I rattled off a few things I was hoping He'd do. When I finished, he didn't look too impressed.
He just looked at me and bluntly asked, "Jim, when are you going to start expecting God to be who He said He'd be?" I was surprised and a little offended. But after a few moments, I realized he was right. My perspective of this relationship needed to change.
Back then, I viewed God as a distant being rather than a covenant friend. But that's not what He wanted. He wanted me to experience the fullness of His promises. He wanted to be someone I could count on in every season. And He wants to do the same for you.
God desires to fulfill every promise given to us in His word. He wants covenant relationships with us. But this relationship won't just happen on its own.
It'll only happen as we choose to claim our covenant with Him. It's not something that someone else can do for us. It's not established by the decisions of our parents or grandparents. Its something we must choose for ourselves. Galatians 6:5 says "Each of you must take responsibility for . your own life." We must make a conscious choice to pursue our personal relationship with Him.
Then, we must keep that covenant. Deuteronomy 7:12 says "If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the Lord your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you." We must be faithful to seek and obey God in every season.
As we let His word be the standard and strive to make decisions that honor Him, we will see His promises fulfilled in our lives. We will experience the rewards a covenant relationship brings.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.