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 23:3
On a regular basis people are required to renew contracts with various companies, businesses, organizations and other groups. This is done in order to keep the services requested and to protect both parties involved. If the contract is not renewed, then the services are stopped.
After finding and reading the book of the covenant, God’s word, in the temple, King Josiah chose to renew his covenant with God to obey all of God’s commands. The people also renewed the same covenant.
The world thrives on having contracts made up to govern how a partnership in some situation will act. All the agreements as to what each party will do or not do are laid out in the contract.
Most contracts are written for a limited timeframe. Both parties need to renew the contract when the time limit is up or if one of the parties breaks the contract.
Although believers do not have a written contract with God, they do make a covenant contract with God at the time they choose to believe in Jesus and follow Him. Following Jesus means that one agrees to obey all of the commands of God, both written in the Bible and given by the Holy Spirit. This contract is for eternity.
However, there are times when a believer walks away from God and breaks the covenant with Him and walks in sin. Even though one may have stepped back into sin, God is willing to renew the contract with him, forgiving and saving the person. He must be willing to renew his contract with God.
God is ready and willing to make a new contract with you or renew one if needed. Jesus died so that you may have life. All you need to do is be willing to believe that and obey God in every area of your life.
If you have done this in the past and have fallen away into sin, God is still willing to renew that agreement with you. Give your life to God, obeying Him and renew your contract with Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have a contract with God to obey Him; that you will choose to obey all the commands of God; and that you will pledge yourself to live for God in every area of your life.