“Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” 2 Chronicles 6:14
This is how King Solomon started his prayer of dedication at the opening of the New Temple in Jerusalem. His words touch on both sides of God’s covenant relationship with his chosen people. God keeps his end of the covenant and his people walk in it with all their heart. To disobey any part of God’s Law would invite divine retribution (Deuteronomy 7:9-12 & 30:15-20). Being perfect in every way, there was never any question as to whether God would honor his covenant. The question has always been would his people serve Him with total dedication? To this very day the question remains the same.
In God there is no shadow of turning (James 1:17), no variableness. He always remains the same. He is the only constant in a sea of inconsistency. There should never be any question as to whether God can be trusted or counted on to do what He has promised in His word to do. His character bears out the familiar phrase “God said it, I believe and that settles it.” The variable in all this is our earnest and wholehearted obedience to His word. We live under God’s umbrella of grace. The Law is no longer enforced, therefore we are no longer bound by it, but our obedience causes us to follow it as a natural part of living a Christ-like life.
God’s undeserved favor gives us the freedom to live as we choose with the understanding that salvation should have ignited our “want to” regarding serving the One who saved us from our sins. This is glorious news to the believer. We are saved from our own natural tendency to do the wrong thing and now strive to live each day for our Lord & Savior. Never lose sight of who you truly are in Christ. Live for Him because you can, not because you feel you have to. Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Reformation Study Bible.