Become a Covenant People

2-24 rootsBy Andrew Shields of Independence, Missouri, USA

But the word of the Lord came to [Abram]. “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lords; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. On that day the lord made a covenant with Abram, saying. “To our descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates…”

—Genesis 15:4–6, 18

How is God connected to what is most important to you?

Abram wanted to have a legacy through his children and their inheritance. God offered to be in relationship with him, to grant his deepest desires in an unexpected way. Abram agreed, even when circumstances were grim. It was impossible to see ahead to how God would fulfill the promises. Abram trusted in the relationship and the promise.

In the end, we want similar results. We want to feel connection with others. We want our lives to have meaning. We want to be successful. We may differ in our ways of thinking about those goals, but they are part of what it is to be human.

Today, God is offering us the same deal offered to Abram—be in covenant with God, and our desire for connection, meaning, and success will be met in an unexpected way. God offers security grounded in only one way—connection to God. Our connection to God is rooted in trust, even in the hard times.

The hard part of this deal is that it is not always possible to imagine how the future plays out­—a way out of current difficulties into a more balanced life. Also, the Divine often calls us to take risks that do not make sense to people. They do not feel the pull of God’s will toward a surprising decision.

The easy part of this deal is that no matter what others think of you, the world does not get to decide what you are. Your standing with God decides your value, and God sees you as beyond price. You are of great worth, part of the divine, in community with creation and Creator. If you can trust that, even with questions, you already have God’s transforming grace.

Prayer for Peace
Covenant God, we would do your part to honor the covenant you offer to us. Root us in your grace. Open our hearts to your unexpected ways. Open our hearts to receive your grace and share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Deepening Roots
A tree with superficial roots will wither during drought or be uprooted by severe storms. A free whose roots go deep is stable and draws from deep waters. Imagine yourself as a tree by a river or stream. Sense your roots extending deep into the Earth in search of God’s Spirit. Reflect or pray about what you hope to find as your spirit searches for deeper identity in God.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will take a risk for a deeper identity with you.

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