Daily Devotionals

August 11th, 2023

Context for this week’s devotionals can be found in the story of David and Mephibosheth. You can read the whole account here: 1 Samuel 20, 2 Samuel 4:4, 2 Samuel 9

Read Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments

Merriam Webster defines ‘covenant’ as a formal and serious agreement or promise. A covenant is something that should not be taken lightly. But in a world of little loyalty to promises we find it hard to trust anyone.

King David kept his promise to Jonathan. Despite all of the societal reasons that could have persuaded him to not keep the covenant, he still did. His love for his friend and gratitude for what his friend did for him was so important! The only honorable thing to do was to keep a promise he had made.

We may have people in our lives who have made promises they didn’t keep. In fact, I’m pretty sure we all do. However, there is one person who will always keep His promise.

God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only son to wipe away our sins. It was that important to Him! He promises us eternal life with Him – at home with Him! All we have to do is accept it.

When we have experienced a life of disappointment because of others, it is understandable that we may question if God will keep His promise. The difference is that “others” are human. Humans make mistakes, they disappoint, and sometimes they do not follow through on their promises. But God always will.. How do we know? He already did it – when Jesus died on the cross.

Now He waits, ever so patiently, for us to accept His promise. Interestingly enough, when we accept His promise, we find it easier to forgive others’ broken promises.