I will be your God and your will be My people.
All-in. Unwavering. Totally committed. Devoted to keeping his promise.
After sin polluted everything in God's good creation hope looked lost. Yet, God was not finished with us. On the building site of planet earth He began his restoration work, calling one man - living in an idol-worshipping nation - away from all he once knew. Through Abraham, the entire course of human history would be forever changed ... over and over and over again God would reveal Himself to be relentlessly devoted to His people.
The God of covenant promise spoke these binding words to Abram, "Go from your country ... to a land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation ... I will bless you ... all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you." God was calling out a people. His people. The repeated refrain resounds and reverberates from the pages of Scripture, "I will be your God and you will be my people" - words of devotion, unbreaking devotion ... words that are "for better or for worse."
However, in relation to their own devotion, God's people would be reckless. Their devotion would falter, flicker and fade. They were to be a blessing to the nations yet never really rose to that task.
The nations would never be fully blessed until the ultimate descendant of Abraham arrived from eternity and onto the scene of time. In the greatest demonstration of relentless devotion Jesus came, sent from the Father. He was and is the fulfilment of the promise to Abraham. In and through him, multitudes from every tribe, tongue and nation are being blessed. In Him the fulness of God dwells. Through what He has done we see the fulness of God's devotion to His people... and it's breathtaking.
One day, in the city of God, we will fully and gloriously realise the promise spoken to Abraham: He will be our God and we will be His people ... and we will dwell with him forever in that place of unending devotion.
Stuart Hawthorne; Belfast, Ireland