It’s Everlasting 

Ezekiel 16:6
“Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.”

Ezekiel has gone to great lengths to explain the judgment Judah is under, because they had forsaken God and followed after their own desires. He compared them to the city of Sodom that had received divine judgment for their sinful behaviors. He even went a step further, explaining they were worse than Sodom, because their sin was committed despite the fact that they had been chosen by God, and given His word as their guide. In the midst of declaring the penalty for their sins, Ezekiel brings up the mercy of God by reminding them of His everlasting covenant. That covenant was made with their father Abraham, before they were ever born, and is even stronger than the sins they have committed.

Man is a very weak being. We are dependent on outside forces to keep us alive. We can live only minutes without air, days without water, and weeks without food. Nothing seems to point to our weakness more than how quickly and consistently we give in to the sinful desires of our flesh. Jesus told the apostles that while their spirit was willing to do the right things, their flesh was weak (Mark 14:38). We find this to be true on a daily basis. It is comforting to know that the covenant God has established with us is stronger than the weakness of our flesh. When we fail He remains faithful.

Paul put it like this,

2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful! He cannot deny Himself.”

If you are currently misbehaving, the right thing to do is to stop, turn to Christ, and allow Him to forgive you and restore you into relationship with Him. If you are currently struggling with an area of weakness, keep in mind that when you fail, He doesn’t. The covenant you have with God is based on the work Christ has done, not the work that you do.

Take a few moments to express gratitude to God for His faithfulness, and the forgiveness that is available to you because of the cross.

Pastor Jim

 

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