Living out our Covenant
“Merciful and gracious is the Lord”
Today’s readings: Ex 3:1-15; Ps 103:1-11; 1 Cor 10:1-12; Luke 13:1-9
Today we have some very practical guidelines for living out our covenant.
But first, we must realize that even as God has blessed us and used us as LCSC, we cannot be overconfident about being overly secure in our place in relation to God and His purposes in the world. The chosen people of God, the Israelites, were liberated from bondage, guided by the cloud, passed through the parted Red Sea. They prefigured the Christian experience of partaking of spiritual food and drink, realities that pertain to our new covenant. Yet all those awesome experiences and privileges did not guarantee securing God’s permanent pleasure (1 Cor 10:1-5). We in parish service have been used powerfully by God in the past. But that does not mean we can no longer lose favor with God. “Therefore whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.” (1 Cor 10:12). We must continue to strive to be faithful to our covenant.
Our lesson then for today: “These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. ….. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us” (1 Cor 10:6,11). The Israelites had everything, but then they lost everything. For that not to happen to us, we must not desire evil things.
Our covenant is God’s wonderful gift to us. His laws guide us so we can remain faithful. Everything from God is an expression of His love. If we are faithful, then we can expect pardon, healing, deliverance, love, compassion, good things, renewal, justice, mighty deeds, mercy, grace, kindness (Ps 103:1-10).
This then is our assurance: “As the heavens tower over the earth, so God’s love towers over the faithful.” (Ps 103:11).
Reflection/action: Consider the ways you have done evil things—idolatry, immorality, testing God, grumbling. Heed too God’s warning against complacency or overconfidence in our Christian walk and service.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing us over the years. We are awed at the privilege you grant us to do your work. But we know that we still fall short in many ways, sometimes seriously. We have our infidelities to our covenant. Please keep us secure in your love and care. Please keep us on the straight and narrow path of holiness. Please grant us the grace to be faithful to our covenant. May your love always cover us and shield us amidst the storms of life. Amen.
God bless you.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)