Back, then Forward

Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. (Ezekiel 16:60)

Notwithstanding our sins, the Lord is still faithful in His love to us. He looks back. See how He remembers those early days of ours when He took us into covenant with Himself, and we gave ourselves over to Him. Happy days those! The Lord does not twit us with them and charge us with being insincere. No, He looks rather to His covenant with us than to our covenant with Him. There was no hypocrisy in that sacred compact, on His part, at any rate. How gracious is the Lord thus to look back in love!

He looks forward also. He is resolved that the covenant shall not fail. If we do not stand to it, He does. He solemnly declares, “I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” He has no mind to draw back from His promises. Blessed be His name, He sees the sacred seal, “the blood of the everlasting covenant,” and He remembers our Surety, in whom He ratified that covenant, even His own dear Son; and therefore He rests in His covenant engagements. “He abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself.”

O Lord, lay this precious word upon my heart and help me to feed upon it all this day! – C.H. Spurgeon from Faith’s Checkbook

9 thoughts on “Back, then Forward

  1. Mike,
    I went through the very same thing my daughter is going through right now. I know people who didn’t make it, like her husband, and I also know they were not believers. She is and you pointed that out here.

    When your that broken He puts you back together so well you KNOW your only real hope is in Him.I actually thank God for that pain. Deb

  2. Deb,

    It is painful to be crushed, but God does put us back together for His purposes and according to His will. I pray that your daughter will come through this as you did.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  3. PRAISE REPORT! My daughter just e mailed me and she is feeling so much better now and she is actually planning on marrying the man she lives with!! Praise God!!! Thank you for praying Mike Praise God!!!

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