Ok, perhaps I went a little bit crazy with the c-words in my title. But oh contraire, it does complement my post. Yes, I admit I confiscated the idea for this post while listening at Wednesday night Bible study. Inspiration can certainly come from all sorts of places.
Employment agreements, marriages, mortgages, and car loans are a few of the many contracts we enter into and dissolve in today’s time. The terms or conditions of each one differ slightly but its function of connecting two or more parties are the same. Each party agrees to offer or bring something to the deal. Thus each reaping some benefit of sort. Before accepting job offers, we are told the salary, insurance policies, vacation days, sick leave or other perks available. As the speaker pointed out in Bible study, we fully expect our employer (flesh) to fulfill what was outlined in the contract. We place great confidence in mere humans (flesh which is often fickle like you and me) that they will uphold their part of the deal.
If we can place such assurance in human contracts, as believers, how much more confidence should we have in our covenant? A covenant sealed in the blood of Christ Jesus. A covenant made over 2000 years ago by a God, who cannot lie. God, who remains the same today, yesterday, and forever more and who does not change His mind. He is the one who remains faithful even when we are faithless.
In reading about covenant in the Nelson’s Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible, I found this particular passage interesting. “A covenant, in the biblical sense, implies much more than a contract or simple agreement. A contract always has an end date, while a covenant is a permanent arrangement. Another difference is that a contract generally involves only one part of person, such as a skill, while a covenant covers a person’s total being. “Isn’t that just like our God, He goes beyond and makes provision for our whole being-mind, body, soul, and spirit. When signing natural contracts, there is often some print we only glance over and soon forget. Maybe it’s time to pull your covenant out and read through the pages again. You are sure to find some provision in His Word that you have yet to partake.