I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.” Genesis 17:2 HCSB
Our church is getting ready to renovate our preschool and children’s area so we can have enhanced security and provide a better environment to minister to children and parents. Our contract delineates what work the contractor will provide, the fee for services, and other provisions to make sure both parties (church and contractor) understand their responsibilities in the agreement.
Twice before God had mentioned a covenant or agreement with Abram (Genesis 12 and 15). Again God is confirming with Abram what He is promising to do. The terms of the agreement were simple. Abram would spend time with God and obey Him and in return God would provide Abram with many descendants, power, and wealth. In most agreements there is an equal give and take by each party, but in this covenant God’s blessings far outweigh what is expected of Abram.
Challenge: God’s blessings will always outweigh what we are asked to do or sacrifice. We must trust God and obey His commandments. God may not give us descendants, wealth, and power, but He will always give us what we need and bring blessings into our lives. He does not promise us an easy life, but He does promise to be with us and bless us. Sometimes blessings come in many different ways according to God’s sovereign plan for each of us.