2 Chronicles 23:16 Make A Contract

Commited to God

Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the LORD’s people. 2 Chronicles 23:16 

Contracts are made every day around the world. Most contracts are done between a person and a business or between two businesses. They are done to protect both parties in the contract.

In the contract are the rules of how each party will act or react and what the consequences will be for either action. It is an agreement that both parties will do or not do something very specific. If an action, that is supposed to be done, is not done, then there will be a negative consequence.

Most contracts are written down as a permanent record of the agreement. There are also many that are done verbally, just off of the words said.

Jehoiada was the priest of God who helped lead the people back to God. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada helped guide him in leading Judah. One of the things Jehoiada did was make a covenant with the people and the king for everyone to be God’s people. They were to go back to serving and worshipping God and not the idols of the land.

A covenant was the old way of saying a contract, or an agreement. God had called the people to His people, so the covenant was agreeing with God to be His people and making it official.

Although a written contract is not done when working with God, people today can make a contract with God to serve Him and be His people. It is making a agreement with God to serve Him alone and obey all of His commands. It is agreeing to build His kingdom for His glory.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible to become God’s people in His kingdom. All a person must do is agree to the contract Jesus made possible, to believe in Him and serve God with all of one’s heart.

Make the choice today to sign a contract with God to be His people. He wants you to be His child in His family and His kingdom. All you must do to be saved and become His child is believe in what Jesus did–dying on the cross, raising from the dead and removing all sins. Then dedicate your life to serve God with everything in you.

Jesus paid the price for the contract, will you accept it today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make a contract with God to be His people; that you will agree to live your life for God; and that you will do the work God has for you in this world. 

2 Chronicles 7:19 But if…

Hand agreement

“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,” 2 Chronicles 7:19 

Contracts are common between businesses, businesses and people, and people and other people. Every contract has some type of clause in it that if one party or the other does not hold up to the agreement in the contract, there will be consequences.

The types of consequences can be very severe or very mild, but there will be a consequence. Every contract will be different in what the consequences are. They are there to protect both parties from anything going wrong. Pages and pages of clauses can be written into some contracts, while others only have one or two lines.

God had made a covenant with the Israelites, this was His contract with the people. As Solomon was following God and had built the temple, God told him that He would always be there and bless him and the nation of Israel. However, Solomon and the people would have to continue to follow Him. If they chose to not follow God, then there would be severe consequences and His hand of blessing would be removed. He would set out to destroy them.

Jesus had made a new covenant between God and mankind. He shed His blood to remove the consequence of sin. However, there is still a clause in following Jesus. One must follow and trust Him with all of his heart. It is a belief that Jesus does the saving and removing of sin, not works or self. It would also be that He would be God and God alone, no other gods were allowed to be followed.

If one chooses to begin to follow other gods or idols, God will remove His hand of blessing on that person. He will always love the person, but cannot have him in His presence, because of the sin in his life and refusal to follow Jesus.

You have a choice to make. Will you follow Jesus or will you follow some idol or false god?

As you follow and trust in Jesus with all of your life, God will pour out blessings upon you. However, if you choose to walk away and follow some idol or other god, He will pull back that favor and blessing.

Don’t be a statistic of walking away from God, but follow Him with all of your life. Don’t make God say ‘but if’.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in Jesus alone for your salvation; that God will keep you close to Him; that you will turn from self and idols to God; and that you will know the blessings and favor of God in your life.

Psalm 105:8 God’s Promise

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, Psalm 105:8

Promises are made all the time by people all over the world. Some of those promises are kept and faithfully fulfilled, while many are broken.

Some of those promises are made in the heat of a moment, but never really intended to be carried out. People in the middle of a heated sales pitch, make a purchase of an expensive item, bought on credit, and never really think about how they will ever pay the credit card off. They ignore the bill and decide not to pay for it.

Others make a promise about something and intend to keep it, but when hard times come, they forget about it or excuse it away. Reasons for not fulfilling the promise abound greatly.

The problem with not fulfilling a promise is so great that contracts have to be signed with a ton of legal babble all the way through it. All the legal babble is in there to hold the person accountable to his promise, regardless of what happens. It covers all the loop-holes that may be attempted to be used to get out of fulfilling the promise.

Since man is this terrible at keeping promises, many do not trust God with His promise. The promise shown here is His covenant with Israel that they would be His people forever. That promise has never changed and never will.

Added to that promise are the people who believe in Jesus. If you are believer in Jesus, you, also, are part of that promise. You are one of God’s people forever. In fact, now you are a child of God.

You can rest assured that God will keep you as His child. Since you are His child, you can also rest assured that He will take care of you in the best way possible. God has not, nor will ever forget His promise that He made.

He will keep it for more than a thousand generations, it will be kept forever.

You can look forward to the day when Jesus will return to take you home to heaven for all eternity. You will inherit all that God has to offer someday. Do not worry or fear that it is all in vain.

Trust God, He has not forgotten His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promise of God to you; that God will remove fear that He has forgotten His promise to you; that you will rest on the promises of God; and you will know the peace He has for you.