‘On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates’ (Genesis 15-18)
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, a covenant of love shook up social networks. The protagonists were two young people: Lan and Larissa. They met in 2005 at the University of Pennsylvania and fell in love instantly. A short time later, they got engaged and planned to get married when they finished their respective degrees, but on September 30, 2006, when Lan was driving his car in hopeful anticipation of buying the wedding rings, a terrible accident caused a brain injury that left him unable to talk or walk.
Larissa had made a covenant with her fiancé: to get married when they graduated, but when she received the news, her life seemed to collapse. Then she made a new covenant, this time with God: «If Lan manages to recover his speech, I will marry him. I don’t need him to walk again, just that he be able to communicate with me again for it to be a true marriage.» Larissa fulfilled her part of the covenant. Lan recovered his speech and they got married.
Covenants are something very delicate, as much when they are made between people as when they are made with God. In fact, making a covenant with God is not an agreement between equals, but between an infinite Being and a finite creature; hence it cannot be taken lightly. However, today I do not want to invite you to propose a covenant to God, but to accept the one He proposes to you from the Holy Scriptures.
We read in the Bible about the two covenants God made with human beings. first, presented in the Old Testament, was made with His people in general. «If that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second» (Hebrews 8:7). Why was it not faultless? Because it was temporary, until Christ came and died on the cross. The new covenant, unlike the old, was not with His people in general, but with each believer in Christ in an individual way: «I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people» (Hebrews 8:10).
That is what I invite you to accept today: the covenant that God proposes to you of putting His law in your mind, being your God, and having you be part of His people. Do you accept it?»