A Bible Covenant detailed a connection between two parties – people or tribes – that could only be broken by death. Throughout the Scripture, the Word provides many promises and covenants that God has made with His Children.
But do I really trust in those promises?
Bible Covenant Truth
- Both sides are locked in
- Death is the only way out
- One side was usually more powerful
Where is Your Trust
Three years ago, we were hit by a tornado. Actually, our house was hit, but since we were in it, I think it’s safe to say we were hit as well. It would be okay because we had a contract with our insurance company for just such an emergency.
We paid our premiums every year, and the insurance company gladly took our money. We read our agreement and had a firm grasp of what was in the contract.
After filing our claim, we found out how little we knew about what we thought we had agreed to. As a result, our insurance company was not for us when we needed them.
We put our trust in a paper policy, and it crumbled almost as quickly as the trees when the tornado set down on our house.
Before time began, God set out a plan for me. Instead of me paying the premium each year, He paid the ultimate premium for me. No matter how bad the storms or how many storms show up, He never leaves me nor forsakes me. He is always there for me and He carries me through the storms.
And yet, I struggle to trust the covenant forged in blood as much as I had trusted that paper contract that crumbled around me.
Understanding the Covenant
Both sides are locked in
My dad used to show how a Bible covenant relationship worked. He would ask to shake hands – only instead of hands, he would grab the forearm. Then he would tell you to let go, but he wouldn’t let go. “This is a Bible covenant. When God agrees, we are locked in. He never lets go.”
Death is the only way out
Locking in a covenant agreement meant there would be no way out other than death. They didn’t sue each other if the covenant was broken. They took the lives of the ones who broke the covenant. It was a sacred and binding promise.
One side was usually more powerful
Covenants were forged to offer protection to one party and a benefit to another. God forged a covenant with us that offers His blessings and His provision. We offer obedience and relationship in return.
For God so loved the world (that’s you and me) that he gave His only Son (as payment for the covenant agreement) so that whoever believes in Him and His Son will not perish but will have eternal life.
God made a covenant agreement with you and me, seeled by the crucifixion of His only son. He had nothing to gain from the covenant, and we have everything to gain through it.
And yet, we often trust the paper contracts of man more than the blood covenant of Christ.
Man and his agreements and contracts will always fail us. God will NEVER fail us.
Shifting the Trust
The moment I realized that all the words in the world meant nothing to the insurance company, I felt relieved. They didn’t do what they promised, but at least I finally had an answer after three years of doubt and confusion.
It also drove home the truth of trust. If I put my trust in man, I will be disappointed. Man fails us. The world fails us.
Through the trial, I shifted my trust from what man should do to what God has done. Knowing the power of the Bible covenant has provided me a firm foundation to stand – even when man fails.
Where do you put your trust?
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