Don’t Forget God’s Covenant

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 4:15-31

Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord, which he made with you. (v. 23)

We don’t often picture God as a jealous husband (v. 24). But he takes the covenant he made with his bride very seriously. He has promised her his unchanging, unending love. And because his love for his bride is so intense, any infidelity on the part of his beloved people ignites his jealousy, which he describes as a “consuming fire” (v. 24). It is dangerous to even think of sharing our love with another. The consequences of spiritual adultery are far-reaching.

That’s why this chapter is so liberally sprinkled with warnings: “watch yourselves very carefully . . . beware . . . take care” lest the unqualified love you pledged to your God is compromised by an idolatrous affection for another (vv. 15-19). Don’t forget the covenant you made with God. He doesn’t forget the covenant he made with you (vv. 23, 31). The one who returns to his first love will be abundantly blessed.

Thus even if our affection is adulterated, he reminds us that the basis of his relationship with us is mercy: “For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them” (v. 31). In mercy he will restore those who plead for his forgiveness. Don’t forget his covenant. It will guarantee a fulfilling “marriage” with our covenant-keeping Lord.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, by your mercy slay even the hint of any unfaithfulness to you.