What is the meaning of an engagement?
Think of Joseph being betrothed to Mary. In Jewish times at
engagement the date of the marriage wasn't set. The girl was also already treated as being
married to her future husband. They've made a vow to each other, and they love each other.
It's where two people promise themselves to each other in marriage. It's the greatest
visual example of a covenant here on earth.
Now in our scripture the Omnipotent God betroth Himself to His
people. He makes a covenant with them and it requires a certain type of behavior from both
sides. God promises one day to be married to us, as an eternal covenant, with a steadfast
This is a great matter. If you would turn down His offer of
engagement there is no fool greater than you. As He says, even if a nursing mother could
forget her child I won't forget you (Is 49:15-16).
Maybe you turn down God's offer because of some boy or girl. Such
a person is an utter fool. What will be the result of such a life, where you spurn His
Israel had many other lovers and followed Baal and other gods. A
Christian not on fire for God is the same, with one foot in the world. What will God say
of you? These Israelites were just like the people in Kanaan, whose land they possessed.
They were busy with godless things! Even like the lukewarm Christians of today who are
continually busy with what they will eat and drink and wear, but they forget God.
We should not be busy with these things which is what life
revolves around for the heathen (Matthew 6:25-32).
Livingston preached to a tribe and the chief got converted. He
would often meet with Livingston to pray together. When the people continued with their
frivolous dancing etc. while they prayed the chief questioned how it was possible that the
people had no fear and respect for the Omnipotent Almighty God. He understood this great
matter of God making an everlasting covenant with His people.
The people could see the difference between Livingston and other
whites. He treated the blacks as brothers and sisters even though they were black and he
When the chief invited the people to the services only a few would
come, whereas in the past all would come to the parties the chief arranged. The chief
wanted to whip them but Livingston advised him to rather be an example to his people. He
did it and soon all the people started to attend the services and many got converted.
A certain man, in his youth made a conscious decision against God.
He married but his wife soon left him for another man. He married again but his second
wife mistreated him and their marriage ended on the rocks. Then he remembered his
conscious decision against God and realised that God had given him over to a life without
God. He repented and turned to God in brokenness.
Another man was on death row because he had murdered his wife in a
drunken stupor. Just before the judge pronounced the final judgement, he gave him a chance
to make a final statement. The man replied that whenever he was at parties, even the
judges present would lift their glasses of wine and drink. Then he looked at his church
minister in the gallery and said to him that he always watched him what he did at weddings
and also saw him lifting up his glass of wine and drink, and he had followed their
examples and became an alcoholic. They were deeply touched and that preacher repented
deeply and from that day stopped being a bad example but helped people to stop drinking
wine and strong drink.
What is your decision? Do you accept God's eternal covenant ring
or reject His offer? Respond in your heart. It is your personal decision between you and