I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. (Jer. 31:31)
THE FOLLOWING STORY is strange but true. Several years ago, a prisoner filed a lawsuit for 235,000 dollars against a couple he had held hostage. The prisoner, Jesse Dimmick, claimed he was fleeing from police when he broke into a couple’s home in Topeka, Kansas, and asked them to hide him. The police were indeed chasing him, because he was wanted in the beating death of a man in Colorado. Dimmick promised to pay the hostages for their cooperation, but they told the authorities later they had agreed to hide him only because he was brandishing a knife and they suspected he also had a gun. The suit came after Dimmick’s apprehension and imprisonment. It alleged the couple was guilty of a breach of contract.
Apparently, while Dimmick was in their house, the hostages fed Dimmick and watched TV with him, but when he fell asleep, they left the house.
Police shot Dimmick when they arrested him. He said his lawsuit was intended to help with his hospital bills. Of course, the court ruled the suit invalid.
If the hostages promised anything, they did so under duress, so whatever promises they made were meaningless.
By contrast, God’s promises are ironclad. He promised to make a new covenant with His people, and He will keep His word. He will also fulfill every promise He has made to you.
Put your full confidence in every promise God has made.
Jim Dyet was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. Married fifty-six years, he and Gloria live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys golf and daily walks with their dogs.
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