But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days—oracle of the Lord. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
What is written on your heart? To help answer that question, ask yourself: What is the first thing that comes to mind when I’m in a stressful, scary, or uncertain situation?
Select a verse from the Bible, write it on an index card, and post it on your bathroom mirror. Work on committing that verse to memory this week. Need some ideas? Check out these verses:
Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. After quoting Jeremiah, the author of the letter to the Hebrews goes on to explain how Jesus brought about the New Covenant, offering himself as the perfect sacrifice. Read Hebrews 9:11-15.
A covenant is defined in secular dictionaries as a contract. But in the context of the Bible, it is so much more than just an agreement between parties. A Biblical covenant solidifies a relationship. The actions outlined in the covenant, agreed to by both parties, serve as an expression of the relationship and help the relationship to mature and deepen. A covenant is sealed not just by signatures, but by a solemn rite, reminding the participants that they are entering into something much deeper than a legal agreement.
The covenants of the Old Testament helped to prepare the people for the new and everlasting covenant, ushered in by Jesus. In contrast to the Old Testament covenants, which were made between God and a limited group of people, the New Covenant is open to “everyone, from least to greatest” (Jer 31:34).
What action will you take today to demonstrate your commitment to God and to enrich your relationship with him?