Dwell on the two words for a few minutes and pray to God for understanding. Let’s first explore the two words. Covenant is a noun. Definition on: an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specific. Definition two: a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel. Convenient is an adjective. Definition one: suitable or agreeable to the needs or purpose; favorable easy to use, easy to reach. Definition two: suited to your comfort or purpose or needs. Let’s first talk about the similarities and differences, there are a few. They sound alike. . They have “agree” in the definition. See a noun is something concrete. A person, place or a thing. An adjective is abstract; it describes a person, place or thing. Covenant is an agreement between two or more. You and God. You and the church. Two. Convenient is agreeable to a purpose, need or comfort. In the Bible, a Covenant is the promise made to humanity by God as revealed in the Scriptures. The Covenant, the Promise. For the people who need visual evidence: A promise is unseen. It’s a verbal covenant. Now recall the scriptures concerning faith Hebrews 11:1 Now, faith is the substance of all things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Focus your attention to the later part of the scripture…”the evidence of things unseen”. Read Genesis 9:12-17. After the flood God made a Covenant with Noah and every living creature of all flesh (humanity). As a token (evidence) of the Covenant (the unseen solemn agreement) God set a bow (the Rainbow) in the clouds as an everlasting reminder of his covenant. Every time that you see a rainbow you bear witness to God’s promise. Through out the Bible God had made promises to nations, men, and all humanity and they have all been fulfilled. The covenant we make with God and the Church is agreeable (convenient) and suited to his Devine purpose. Convenient, the Suitable for ….. Thinking on earthly things, Today’s modern world is a life of convenience. Because we do not want to stay in the kitchen and prepare a meal that can take anywhere from one hour to 1 day we have developed fast food restaurants, were we can have a meal in minutes. Because we don’t want to stand in a long banking line, there is the drive thru teller. Because we don’t want to stand in grocery lines there are now convenience stores. Now in stores because we want more convenience we now have self-check-out line. We have immediate meds. Delivery services, pick-up Services. Quick car repair, Instant mash potatoes and microwave food. We as people change things to suite our needs. We make life convenient for us. The easier our life can be the better. At least or carnal minds seem to think that way. But what is the price of life being so convenient. Socially, we as a society have become withdrawn, overweight, lazy, impatient, unfriendly, unconcern, uncompassionate, angry, pessimistic, and selfish. Look around you and find it not fact. We do things that are convenient for us. Question: What happens when we do the things that are convenient (agreeable) to Christ? Answer: We stay within the will of God. We make it easy for God to have its way with us and bless us how he sees fit. Do we make it easy for him to dwell in our hearts?
September 30, 2013