"And as for me, this is my covenant with them," says the Lord: "My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring," says the Lord, "from this time forth and forevermore."
In the first part of this chapter the Prophet describes the desperate condition of a nation that has rejected God and lost sight of right and wrong. He describes the results in the courtroom, in government and on society. He warns of God’s anger, about to be poured out on His enemies and those who turn their backs and oppose His Word.
Then, he turns and speaks on God’s behalf to those who repent and return to Him in faithfulness. He calls them “those in Jacob who turn from transgression” (verse 20), and He delivers this tender promise.
His Holy Spirit and His Word will be with you forever. They will never depart from you - and not just with you but with your children and grandchildren. This is a covenant that the Lord makes with those who turn their hearts to Him in genuine repentance and faith. His covenant extends to our offspring, for generations to come.
Dear Christian, just stay close to Jesus. Keep your own heart faithful and trust in His promise. Your children and your grandchildren for whom you are praying are included under this promise. He has set them apart for His Spirit and His Word to be working in their hearts, and His Word will never return void; it will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it. Entrust them to His care.
Lord God, Your promises give me comfort. Your mercy is everlasting; “You remember Your covenant forever, the Word that You commanded, for a thousand generations.“ Keep me close to You. I put my children and my grandchildren in Your hands, and thanking You for this promise, I entrust them to Your care. You are good, and faithful. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles
*A note from Erin:
"As I read Pastor Dan's devotional for today, it fits perfectly with a new song that was just released a few months ago, "The Blessing". We've sung this song at The Source Church the last couple Sundays. This song is the Benediction put to music, but with added lyrics about His favor being upon our families for a thousand generations - our children and their children and their children.... I've attached the YouTube link to this video if you'd like to watch/listen to it. It's about 4 1/2 minutes long.
Here is the link to that video: The Blessing