The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 49-50.
☆ The Five-fold Bond Securing God’s Power ☆
3. His Everlasting Covenant
God’s covenant engages His almighty power. He puts His own hand and seal to His promise, and like the mountains surrounding Jerusalem it stands, never to be removed. As His Name is, so is His Nature – a God who keeps covenant for ever. He does not parcel Himself out, a few crumbs to one, a crust to another – as one feeds the sparrows. He allows you to claim as yours whatever He has. He makes His covenant with every believer. Were some left to fight it out by strength of their own abilities, then the strong would be likely to stand and the weak to fall in battle. But, castled in the covenant, all are safe together – because all rest in the power of His might.
4. His Self-Imposed Obligation
Since God demands our trust, He is obligated to prove Himself trustworthy. All His promises are yea and amen; He has therefore bound Himself to use His power in our defense.
Where can anyone flee in any need, or when danger of sin, satan, or his instruments, except to God? ‘What time I am afraid,’ David said, ‘I will trust in Thee’ (Psalm 56:3). *When you take sanctuary in God, you can rest assured He will not betray you to the enemy. Your willing dependence on Him awakens His almighty power for your defense as surely as a newborns cry awakens its mother, regardless of the hour. He has sworn the greatest oath that can come from His sacred lips: that all who flee to their hope in Him for refuge, shall have strong consolation (Heb.6:17,18). This should embolden your faith to expect a kind haven when you turn to God for protection. Having set up His name and promises as a strong tower, God calls His people into His chambers, and expects then to enter and make themselves at Home.
– to be continued. ..
☆ Questions for further digestion ☆
♡ Can you name the character traits of God found within the many names He gives us to call upon in the Word?
♡ How has the word covenant become a dull “religious word” to you?
(The covenant or commitment God has made provided no avenue on His part for a lack of fulfillment. He does not divorce, renig or fail to keep every part for all time. It has never depended on what His people did or did not do, and never will. He has married the harlot, the backslider, the faithful, the Bride of His choosing. .. There is no divorce court in heaven.)
♡ Do you see how human reasoning and culture has so degraded our perception of trustworthy based on its “easy-outs” and loopholes it has set up within the context of commitment between humans?
♡ Do you see why He has proven His trustworthiness by the simple observable proofs we see everyday of how opposite He is in keeping His word. (Example: the Sun comes up and goes down every day, shining and giving life to every nook and cranny of the whole earth for the purpose of keeping His creation; no matter what the people do or don’t do. .. the Sun and its rising and setting is one of the most abundantly see-able things He has given to prove His trustworthiness! )
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah