A covenant is a contract, a binding agreement between two parties. In this case, it’s a binding agreement between us and God. At God’s invitation, we are given the opportunity to draw near and to engage in a personal relationship.
At Sinai, God invited Israel to enter into a covenant agreement with Him before they moved into the Promised Land. In so doing, God was letting Israel know that there’s no Promised Land without a covenant agreement. God told Israel, in so many words, “I’ve brought you this far just because I love you and I want what’s best for you. But if you expect to go the rest of the way, if you expect to get to the Promised Land, then you’ve got to agree to certain terms.”
Many today are trying to get to the Promised Land, but they don’t want to enter into a covenant agreement. But there’s no Promised Land without a covenant; there is no “Well done” for those who haven’t done well; there is no “By and by” if we don’t take care of the here and now. Some think they can get to the Promised land on their intelligence, their pedigree, their ability. But the Promised land is reserved for those who will walk by faith and not by sight; it’s reserved for those who will let God’s Word be a lamp to their feet and a Light to their pathway.
As Moses goes up to meet with God on Sinai, God gives Moses instructions on how to ready the people to live under His covenant. “First, I want you to remind them who it was that brought them from where they were to where they are. Tell them that I have carried them on eagles’ wings and brought them to Myself.” If we are to live under the covenant, we must first remember that it’s the Lord who has brought us. The covenant reminds us that we haven’t made this journey by ourselves, but God has led us by the hand to where we are now.
The covenant agreement reminds us of our purpose. God tells Moses that He called Israel to be a treasured possession and to serve Him as a priestly nation. We need to remember why we’re here; we need to remember that we have a purpose. God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing to others; He has called us from darkness so that we may lead others to the Light; He has freed us so that we might free others in bondage. It’s only when we know who God is that our lives take on real meaning.
Finally, our covenant assures us that, in the Lord, the future is bright. In the Lord, the future is full of promise, full of hope and good things. In times like these, it’s hard to expect anything from the future. But we can put the future in the Lord’s hands. We can trust the Lord to walk with us down the dangerous road of life.