“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant”– Jeremiah 31:31
This week in Nehemiah 10, the people of Jerusalem sign a covenant before God. In layman’s terms, to covenant is to make a commitment, to give our word, or to make a promise. Have you ever made a promise you couldn’t keep? It’s painful to admit, but we’ve probably all been there. You said you’d be home, but work ran late. You promised to do it, but you completely forgot. You said you’d have it covered, but you ran out of time. The list can go on.
The disappointment and shame of a broken promise has the power to frustrate the securest of relationships. Which leads me to ask, “Have you ever made and broken a promise with God?” If you have, you’re not alone. As we saw last week, the Bible is full of people who covenanted with God and failed. But the amazing thing about redemptive history is that our God was merciful and faithful to forgive those who repented and sought His forgiveness.
Have you ever wondered why God forgave Israel even when they broke His covenant over and over again? How about us? Do you ever wonder why He forgives us even when He knows we will fail again? Well, it’s because of the verse above. God is able to forgive those who broke the old covenant because He had His eye on the work of His Son who would fulfill the old covenant and usher in a NEW one, full of grace! Jesus paid the price for every broken promise, while giving us the strength to strive forward in a new one.
This week, we learn that “Building Walls of Faith” includes relying on the promises of God to keep our promises to God. Our heart of faith is to result in a holy life of faith. This Sunday, we will work to examine our hearts and make proper commitments to the Lord.
I am fired up for this week’s passage, and I can’t wait to dig into this text with you! This is where the rubber of our faith meets the road of our lives. Take some time read Nehemiah chapter 10 and consider the covenant the people signed before God. Then, consider areas in your own life where you might need to do business with the Lord as well.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship this Sunday.
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SUNDAY AM PLAN
9:00 AM – Worship Service Online (Lancaster Campus)
9:15 AM – Worship Service On Campus (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service Online (Lancaster Campus)
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