Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
Deuteronomy 7:9 is an important passage wherein God reminds the Israelites of His faithfulness and His covenant with them. He promises to show mercy and do good to those who love Him and keep His commandments, while bringing judgment on those who hate Him and rebel against Him. This verse emphasizes that God is the only true and living God, and that He keeps His covenant to a thousand generations, meaning forever.
God’s faithfulness –God is trustworthy and reliable, and He does not change or break His promises. He is consistent and dependable in His character and actions. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
God’s covenant– God has made a solemn agreement with His people, based on His grace and love. He has chosen them, delivered them, and given them His law and His land. He expects them to obey Him and worship Him alone, and He rewards them accordingly. (Genesis 9:13)
God’s mercy- God is compassionate and gracious, and He shows kindness and forgiveness to those who love Him and keep His commandments. He is patient and slow to anger, and He does not treat His people as their sins deserve. Merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
God’s justice- God is righteous and holy, and He hates sin and idolatry. He punishes those who hate Him and disobey His commandments, and He drives out the wicked nations from the land. He is jealous and fierce, and He will not share His glory with anyone. (Proverbs 17:15)
When we are following the LORD and participating full-time in His Word and demonstrating a full and earnest willingness to surrender to His ways, we are therein acknowledging His significance in our lives. We thereby allow Him to be the pilot of our airplane, and we’re merely the “co-pilots” awaiting His command and instructions. We are guided and told “when, how, and where” as He is in control of our lives and all circumstances. Although we have choices, and those choices bear consequences depending on your choice.
There is a semblance of reality and room for doubt about God that peeks through the mind of the non-believer. An example of such took place on television last week. There were people on a panel who boasted about not believing in God, His mercy, His covenant, or His Word. Yet when asked who they’d want in a “fox hole?” -Seven out of ten people answered – God! The response brought an exclaim of shock from the audience. However, when probed further as to why they responded so emphatically, the collective answer was; “If He really exists, I’m not taking any chances, I’ll call for Him and His divine power to help!”
Which brings me to ask you this question. Whom do you want in your fox hole?
“Father, my LORD, thank You for Your promises, Your Word, Your Covenant, Your mercy, and Your love, I want You and I choose You always, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”