Jehoida 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
It is common for people to belong to all kinds of different types of groups. People like to be together with other people who think and do the same things. It gives them a sense of belonging and self-worth. It can also give them support and strength to keep moving forward in the expected way and bring about unity.
When Joash was made king, Jehoida made a covenant between the Lord, the king and the people to be His people.
Throughout the world there are two groups of people, those who belong to God and those who choose not to belong to God. Most people do not belong to God but will belong to other groups.
Regardless of which group a person is a part of, he must be willing to follow the rules and regulations of that group. Each one has a set of rules on what it means to be a part of that group.
The moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he belongs to God. This means that the covenant the person made with God is that on his side he will give up his old ways of doing things and no longer do the things of the world. It also means that he gives God complete control of his life.
Belonging to God is allowing God to direct one’s path, in action, thought and deeds in everything that he does in this life. It is putting away the former covenant with the world and sin and taking on the righteousness and holiness of Jesus, becoming a new creation for His glory and honor.
As a believer you are no longer to be in covenant with the world and its sinful ways. You have chosen to bind yourself to God in a legal binding covenant of relationship and lifestyle that is directed and controlled by God.
Do not allow yourself to be tricked into going back into a covenant with this fallen world that will lead you into sin and death. Destroy and cast out the sin in your life and become holy as God is holy. Put on the righteousness of Jesus living for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will make a covenant to live for God and by His rules; that God will strengthen you to live according to His plan; that every area of your life will belong to God; and that God will strengthen you to flee the sinful ways of this world.
For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? 2 Samuel 22:32
All throughout the world there are many different religions that follow many different gods. With so many different ones, many people will question who is the real god. Along with following and worshipping false gods of the various religions, many people will make gods out things in an attempt to have a solid foundation in their lives.
People are constantly searching for who or what is in control of this life. Their foundation is constantly changing or being renewed as something different.
David sings a song of praise about God and asks the question of who is God and the Rock besides their Lord and God.
While many in the church claim to believe in Jesus, many do not actually allow Him to be Lord and their Rock in their lives. Instead of relying upon Jesus for everything, many will trust in their own strength, position, abilities, and others for what they need or want.
Being the Lord, means that He will be the absolute Master or controller of their lives. Anytime a decision is to be made, the true believer will seek God to make the decision. When God tells them to do something, they will immediately obey without question or hesitation.
Along with being Lord, true believers will allow Jesus to be the Rock in their lives. This is a solid foundation on which they stand. It is on God and His word that they will base everything that they say and do. God and His word never change with the times and whims of the people but stays the same forever as a solid rock and foundation.
God is the only true Lord and solid Rock in this fallen world that will last for eternity.
Each day you must be willing to ask yourself who is Lord/Master over your life. Do not allow it to be yourself or anything of this world, whether other people or things. Make God your one true Lord.
Then stand upon Jesus and God’s word as the solid rock or foundation in your life. God and His word will never fail you or wash out in a flood of troubled times, but will remain solid through it all.
The things of this world will fail and disappear over time, but God and His word never will.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will stand upon God as your solid foundation; that you will trust in God alone; that you will base your entire life upon God’s word; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.