Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17
Jehoiada was a priest who followed God faithfully. He had just had Joash anointed as king. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada led the people in destroying the temples of Baal. He also had the people make a covenant with God and with the new king that they would be the Lord’s people.
People make covenants with other people all the time. Today they are rarely to never called covenants, but are called agreements or contracts. Contracts are signed to purchase something on credit; to produce a product for someone; to work with a certain company; to pay for a given service; and many other things in life. These are the written covenants or contracts.
There are also many unwritten contracts that people have. These are usually less formal. Some are: staying off of the neighbor’s property; keeping the noise level down in the evening near the neighbor; treating neighbor’s with respect; not throwing trash all over the place; and many other unwritten contracts or agreements.
One unwritten contract that every person has is to who they will follow and serve. Every person on this earth is serving someone. At a minimum, every person is serving either God or Satan. It is not an option. Jesus said you will either love one or the other, but you cannot love both.
There comes a point after you were born when you began to live a life of sin. At that point you had made a contract with the devil to live for him and serve him. Until that contract is broken or cancelled, you belong to Satan.
When you choose to believe in what Jesus did on the cross for you and accept His forgiveness and to make Him your Lord and Savior, you make a covenant or contract with God. You have chosen to live for Jesus and Him alone. You have made an agreement to live according to His standards.
Choosing to follow Jesus, breaks the contract with Satan and you are then obligated to follow and serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Who is your contract with today?
Who have you chosen to serve today?
I pray today that you will choose to live for God; that you will trust and believe in Jesus; that you will no longer live for Satan; that you will sign a contract to serve God alone; and that you will be one of God’s people.