I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Jer. 31:33)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 31:31–34
It will be thirty-two years this December since, at the officiating minister’s prompting and of my own volition, I said the words “I will” to the beautiful lady, bedecked in white, who would become my forever wife. This covenantal promise, “I will,” was and always is predicated on faithful intent.
Not unlike a groom standing before his bride, a minister, and gathered witnesses, God stood up long ago to make a unilateral covenantal statement of faithful intent to his forever bride, Israel. She was anything but bedecked in the white of marital faithfulness, having “played the field” at every turn, never refusing an opportunity to sleep with her many lovers under “every green tree.” That notwithstanding, God spoke to her in decisive covenantal overtones that weren’t dependent on her reciprocation. He made a new covenant with her, the stipulations of which would be written indelibly in her mind and on her heart. In this unbreakable covenant with the people of Israel, God would be their forever God, and they his forever people. The unfaithfulness of their past would be completely and forever forgiven.
God’s forever love for you is not dependent upon your faithfulness to him. His love for you is without condition. His greatest desire is to be your forever God. Will you covenant to be his forever bride?
Trust in God’s covenantal promise to you.
Theodore Griffin is a Wesleyan pastor and a doctor of ministry student. He and his wife, Randy, have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of a ten-month-old grandson.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.