At the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon took time to acknowledge God and His faithfulness to those who choose to serve and follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
“O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”
2 Chronicles 6:14
I love that phrase about God: “…You who keep your covenant of love…” Wow.
We are given a promise of love. More than that. This is a holy assurance of faithful love from the eternal, sovereign Lord of all creation. God is the keeper of His covenant of love to us who are frail, flawed and finite. Again, I repeat: Wow.
Coming from a childhood where love – protective, faithful, tender, caring and compassionate love – was almost entirely unknown and twisted by ugly, destructive abuse, it took some serious, supernatural convincing by God’s Word and Spirit for me to come to the place where I absolutely trusted that God is good and is truly faithful to His covenant of love. And I am convinced! Awed, humbled, thankful and convinced!
God’s covenant of love is a certain thing. No matter the uncertainties of our lives. God doesn’t change. God’s love for us, with a passion and a faithfulness that knows no bounds, does not change either. But we do. We turn away from our loving God, way too often, and choose to go our own way instead of choosing to continue wholeheartedly in following God’s way.
Oh, choices! Next time you have to make a decision about what you will think, say and do (and that’s hundreds of times each day), choose to: Stop first. Ask yourself: Will your decision take you farther away from living in, and living out, the truth of the Lord’s faithful covenant of love made to you as you choose to go your own self-focused way? Or will your thoughts, words and actions reveal your choice to continue wholeheartedly to live in, and live out, God’s good and holy way – which is formed by and filled with God’s faithful covenant of love made to you?
This decision should be a no-brainer, right? Yeah. Should be. But I know that I can, and too often still do, choose to turn my brain off from listening to God about continuing wholeheartedly in His good and holy way. Sometimes I just want to go my way. I’m listening to me. Not to God. In those moments, I’m feeling and being selfish, self-pitying, self-righteous, prideful or just plain grumpy – and I’m not in a hurry to get over myself. So, I just shut my brain off from listening to God. In those moments, I ignore God. And trust me, when I do that, it just isn’t pretty.
Our God loves us so much. And for those of us who trust in God’s fullest revelation of His covenant of love – the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ – we need to continue wholeheartedly in following God’s good and holy way. Every day of our lives. With our every thought, word and action. With every choice and decision we make. It is here, in those moments of choices and decisions (that come to us constantly) that God’s covenant of love to us may be lived out through us in tangible and powerful ways, touching the lives of all those around us – all who desperately need to know God’s covenant of love for themselves.