Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-3
Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets--all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord--to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant. -- 2 Kings 23:1-3
Verse for Meditation: Therefore the Lord was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance. He gave them into the hands of the nations, and their foes ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake, he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy. -- Psalm 106:40-46
Devotional: Let’s face it – we’re not very good at keeping promises, let alone keeping a covenant of faithfulness with Almighty God. Make no mistake about it, we are called to keep covenant and there is great blessing in following the ways of the Lord. But he has made provision for our messiness!
2 Kings 23 tells us about the covenant renewal that took place when God’s people rediscovered his word. I have no doubt that they sincerely meant it when they pledged themselves to keep God’s covenant. I also have no doubt that at some point, maybe not long after they said these words, they blew it! The beautiful thing is that God has made provision for our mess. As Psalm 106:45 reminds us, “for their sake [God] remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.”
Ultimately our hope is never in our perfect covenant keeping but in our great God! Jesus is the one who has satisfied the covenant for us and taken the penalty of breaking the covenant on himself. Jesus' death on the cross was the penalty that you and I deserved. But thanks be to God that through his great love he has given us life instead of death, hope instead of fear, and love instead of hate! We turn to the covenant keeping one and give thanks to his great name.
Question to Consider: Is your hope firmly established in the goodness of God in Jesus Christ? Remember that Jesus is the one who has perfectly fulfilled God’s law and true life comes through putting your trust in him.