Posted by: Jo | February 3, 2012

Everlasting

“Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.” (Nehemiah 9:5)

On purchasing a new dishwasher recently, my husband Everlasting01and I spent quite an amount of time considering the pros and cons of including the cost of a warranty in the price of the dishwasher. We had no doubt we needed to buy the warranty, it was the number of years we were debating. That made me suddenly aware that we had both accepted the fact that we could not rely on this sparkling new addition to our kitchen to keep performing the job it had been designed to do. It was going to let us down at some point in time. I then began to think back on other purchases and how reliable and long lasting they had been and electronics sprang to mind. Everybody seems to have even given up the facade of pretending that latest iPhone/ iPad will keep performing and that it is generally accepted that the latest piece of wizardry will be out of date as soon as some enterprising manufacturer thinks of a new wrinkle that will make the new device become a “must have” and the old one immediately obsolete.

Even life itself has assumed an uneasy feeling of instability. Once upon a time one imagewould choose a career or profession that would last a working life time. There was a mutual sense of loyalty between employer and employee and a sense of security for the employee. Companies are now ruthless in their downsizing. Job security is not always there. Investing one’s money can be nerve racking as stock markets become unstable, businesses that look like a safe investment, collapse. Can we rely on anything to last?

Fortunately for those of us who love the Lord, there is one avenue to explore that guaranties a wonderful deal for those who enter into the agreement. When we enter into this agreement a whole new set of rules apply. We do not need to do any bargaining. No coupons needed. We also do not have to wait for sale time, the offer is always open and the best part, no need to buy that warranty, the deal lasts forever!!! It is a deal like no other. It is a covenant of love.

“O, Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” (1 Kings 8:23)

Everlasting07This covenant of love has no expiry date. The guarantee is timeless. Over and over again our Heavenly Father assures us that it is an everlasting covenant made with those whom he loves, with the backing of an everlasting God. There is no need to spend hours checking the terms to find a better deal. We just have to accept this beautiful offer and become one of God’s precious children. Where else could we find such a contract that ends with such an incredible bonus as this?

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

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