“Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts that they may not turn from me. (Jeremiah 32: 37-40).”
Even in the Old Testament, God demonstrates His desire that all should know Him and describes His holy, everlasting, covenant of grace. God wasn’t and isn’t under any obligation to provide goodness to sinful mankind, but in His beneficence and mercy, He did and does. In the New Testament we learn, faith in Christ is the only way (John 14: 6) to receive Sovereign grace given through the fulfillment of the new, everlasting covenant. God truly blesses from everlasting to everlasting.
But what is this fear of God? It is, first, a holy awe and reverence of God. And yet, the fear of God is a mystery, far more complex, in that even children experience a need for God; feel the void, an emptiness, dissatisfaction and guilty, shame, of which only God can fix. After we have come to faith in Christ i.e. we are taught by Him. Christ, God in flesh (John 1: 14) teaches us to see His infinite greatness, and the fact that He is dwells in us i.e. Emanuel- our with us God, He fills us with a deep sense of grateful obligation, so that we do not want to sin.
God, who is infinitely good; “the author of every good and perfect gift”, a constellation of blessings,tells us that if we live and abide in His covenant of grace, He will also bless our children with His goodness. Christ, our High Priest and Savior desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (John 3: 17; Acts 2: 21; Romans 10:1).
In light of this great news, I am praying for you and your children today. I am praying for the gospel of grace to light a holy fire; to blaze within you, so that you will want to covenant with God too.
God may be whispering to your heart. He may be offering a simple invitation, yet backed by a promise from a faithful, merciful God. If you are a willing, seeking heart why not cho0se to establish a covenant relationship with God through our High Priest, Christ. God guarantees it, will be a covenant from everlasting to everlasting.