2 Kings 17:38-39 38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”
A chill ran up my back reading the word. A written contract would have been less stark. But it thundered in my senses without a scrap of sound, this set of syllables from ancient times. I half expected some booby trap to fall from the ceiling, spikes in a log suspended by hemp rope from mahogany trees. It wasn't but it hardly slowed my imagination.
A covenant was sought by God with the people of Israel, a loving promise of blessing and hope if they would simply seek His face. Another covenant existed between Adam and Eve in the vaunted Garden where they met and Adam exclaimed, :"What a woman!" thus naming his wife and friend for the next 930 years.
Was a covenant stronger than a promise or coincidental? It used to be that man's word was his bond and thereby a promise made was to abide by that come hell or high water! Today, people break promises will monotonous regularity. With God secreted away in some dusty closet where He can't interfere with morals and decrees, mankind left the sacred bond of word and substituted the currency of the day. It isn't promise or word or covenant. Expediency has replaced all forms of lazy promise, investments and yields more provocative of selfish concern than any remembrance of bond. Money is bond now, or instant satisfaction. Man has no patience and the word trial is a pariah of language and life.
Covenant may be forgotten soon, like the coppery sheen of the Liberty statue....but for the few with whom words ARE significant, covenant in all ifs forms, from Godly living to marriage to outward relationships, still reigns as a serious commitment between God and man, man and woman, and people to people. We cannot live lives of trust without covenants spoke or not. The words "I do" better mean for life or there is no reason to say them at all. We break covenants to our own peril.
Lord, may we return as a body to the sacredness of our covenant to You and the flow outward of Godly living from which all else manifests. In Jesus name, amen!