“This is the new covenant…” Jeremiah 31:33
Here it is- the “new” covenant, in the “OLD” testament! A covenant is an agreement between two people or groups. God’s “agreement” between Himself and His people (that’s you and me!) is four- fold:
- “I will put my law in your minds
- I will write it in your hearts
- I will be your God
- You will be My people.”
Usually when two parties “negotiate” an agreement both sides have to give a little. I think the trouble with this covenant, or better said, the problem with my response to this agreement is that I try so hard sometimes to “negotiate” a better deal for myself. Not a smart thing, but I still do it; maybe not with the following words, but with inconsistent actions.
“Thanks God for wanting to make this agreement with me but I’m not sure I like the idea of filling my head with a bunch of laws. I like being free to do my own thing. Will that be ok with You? And this thing about Your guidelines being in my heart—my heart has been hurt too many times by other people in this world who want to connect with me. I think I’d rather keep my emotional distance and not get “too involved” too quickly just in case. Can you live with me being a bit standoffish just in case? And being “my God,” that’s very thoughtful of You, but that means a pretty strong commitment on my part to allow you to be that important in my life. There are a lot of other things that I find “important” right now so I’ll need a little time to decide who or which of those things I want to be THAT significant to me. I’m sure You understand. And your decision to “make me” be your special friend, that’s a little too much too quick! If you don’t mind, just back off a little on this commitment; I need a little time; give me some space; don’t push me!”
I’m not sure THIS is the covenant agreement that I want to mess with in my negotiations! It would be a pretty sad contract to lose!
Have a great day NOT negotiating but accepting His agreement. He even said we could use HIS blood for the official signing,
Union Power Prayers- what if every prayer on this campus this week included the needs of the people in the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon/tsunami? And--WHAT IF those prayers resulted in some kind of response by our school family to those needs. Listen, and see if God suggests a response to our prayers!
PS Hour of Power this week will be in the church @ 7pm in the Heritage Room with Pastor Ron. All are welcome.
Quote for the day: "Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere."