DAY 22 OF 365 IN 2021
Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Today may be one of those days when we think that the response to the text could be okay. Besides, if God will be our God and we his people, we can say okay to that. However, that is not what is solicited. Your walk with God, however short it has been will have revealed to you one facet of his ‘every word of His comes forth with a reason, and there is a purpose to every act of His.
We read a two fold expression: “I will be their God and they will be my people”. Those words may sound superficial, but with the preamble about God, it is in our interest to look further and delve deeper. Doing this, we will come to realise that those words were nothing short of an explicit definition of the terms in a partnership. God commits to ‘be’ our God, with the expectation that we also ‘be His people’.
However, here lies the concern: unlike God who is clear about doing what “a God to a people’ does, we on the other hand, often find ourselves in an existential identity crisis. We have no clue what ‘a people to a God’ ought to be doing. We just can’t seem to identify what our roles are, and as though we have been hit by a jolt of lightning, our paths seem to lead nowhere.
Beloved, just as there is a to do list for ‘being our God’, there is also a portfolio of actions that accompanies ‘our being His people’. We do not attain this status only in name, there is work to do to become the people of our God.