The word “covenant” can be understood to mean an agreement, contract, commitment, guarantee, pledge, promise, pact, deal, arrangement or understanding. Throughout the Scriptures, we see Our God as both a covenant-making and covenant-keeping Father. God has entered into agreements with Adam, Noah, Moses, David, and the people of Israel, and throughout history He reminds His beloved of that agreement. God’s Word is clear that He will never forget (Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 105:9) or break His covenant (Psalm 89:34), and His covenant is everlasting (2 Samuel 23:5; 1 Chronicles 16:15)! He even set the rainbow as a permanent sign in the sky to remind us that He keeps His promises (Genesis 9:13)!
How stunning that the LORD does all of the “heavy lifting” to create, fulfill, and remind us of His covenant promises! What is our part? Obedience!! For example, Abram had to be circumcised—separated from his own fleshly nature—in order to enter into God’s Covenant. In exchange, the LORD added to both Abraham and Sarah the letter “h” in their names. In Hebrew, that letter stands for “the breath of God!” What a beautiful picture of God breathing His abundant life once again into mankind! We obey God because we love Him (John 15:10) and fear Him (Revelation 15:4). And understanding the weakness of our flesh, He gave us Jesus as the guarantor of the New Covenant (Hebrews 7:22) and the power of the Holy Spirit living on the inside (Galatians 5:22) to empower us to be able to keep our part of His Covenant with us! His Covenants from the beginning of the ages until today are like a rose, unfolding into its fullness.
The fruits of walking in Covenant with Almighty God are abundant—peace, blessing and security (Ezekiel 34:25), Covenant with our children and their children (Isaiah 59:21), and cleansing, anointing, and adorning (Ezekiel 34:25-27), just to name a few. Under the New Covenant, all of God’s promises find their “Yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). The Good News is SO much better than fire insurance! It’s a brilliant plan for the redemption of all creation (Revelation 21:5)! Our only response must be to praise, thank, and worship Our God who loves us enough to enter into Covenant with us for our good and His Glory!