God keeps His promises. Because He can. Because He wants to. Because He loves. Because He is faithful and righteous. The word “covenant” captures my attention and stirs my heart.
A covenant is essentially an agreement between two parties. When God makes a covenant with a person, however, it constitutes a promise.
God made a covenant with Noah after the flood and promised that He would not destroy the world again by flood and set the rainbow in the sky as a symbol of His covenant (Genesis 9:8-17). God also made a covenant with Moses and with His people, the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 7. While God admonished them to keep His commandments, He also reminded them of His everlasting love and faithfulness.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”
(Deuteronomy 7:9, ESV)
God is faithful and true to keep His covenant. However, we are not. In our weaknesses, we have abandoned His commandments.
The writer of Hebrews echoes God’s words spoken to Jeremiah and reminds readers that a new covenant is coming. Jesus Christ will usher in a new covenant that will last forever.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:8-12, ESV)
Without Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we would have no hope of being reconciled to God. The writer of Hebrews goes on to explain that Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant. By His sacrifice, we are redeemed and forgiven.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:19-25, ESV)
Friends, we can have confidence and assurance and hope. As the writer of Hebrews points out, God is faithful. He keeps His promises. Let us not grow weary but look longingly toward His return. Our promise maker and promise keeper is coming back for you and I.