“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer. 31:33 (ESV)
Two brothers were getting ready to boil some eggs for Easter when the older brother told his younger sibling… “If you let me break 3 eggs on your head, I’ll pay you one dollar.” “You promise?” asked the younger brother. “Promise!” answered the older. As the yolk was dripping down his face from the first two eggs, the younger brother replied, “I’m ready for the third egg”. The older brother responded, “Are you kidding, that would cost me a dollar!”
Unlike siblings who often break their promises to one another, God doesn’t break His promises.
In the verse above, God makes a very important covenant with the house of Israel. True followers of Jesus today are included in that covenant because Paul tells us in Romans 11:17 that Gentile believers are “grafted in” to become the house of Israel.
God’s new covenant is to place His law within us… to write His law upon our hearts.
Before God put this new covenant into place, followers of God had to seek His teaching and direction from religious leaders. At the time of Pentecost when this new covenant was enacted, the whole process of knowing God radically shifted. Instead of learning about God from the outside, God placed the Holy Spirit into new believers enabling them to know His laws from the inside.
The Holy Spirit now works through our conscience to lead and guide us in the direction God wants us to go…as long as we allow the Spirit to do so. God is not an assertive driver. If we resist His will for our lives…He allows us to maintain control of our life.
It is so easy for us as busy physicians to think we know what is best for our lives and work to maintain that control. After all…others place their physical health into our hands!
The reality is that only God knows what is best for your life. Submit to His gentle leading.
Prayer- Lord, I give my life over to You. Lead and guide me in the direction You desire!