2 Samuel 23:5
Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
People tend to brag about companies who stand behind their products. When a manufacturer or a seller “does you right”, we feel an obligation to tell others. Some golf club manufactures replace a broken shaft many months after the initial purchase irrespective on whether the graphite was compromised in angry fit. Companies that warrant the durability of their products are becoming rarer and rarer. It is a major turnoff when you make a large purchase at Lowe’s or Home Depot and realize you have shell out extra money for a warranty period beyond its arrival at the house.
Another aspect to be considered is whether the seller is going to fully replace the product or send it off for weeks in order to have the problem merely repaired. Most companies realize the importance of repeat business. If a company values its customer, the better odds that he or she is going to buy again from this company. It isn’t anything that the consumer does other than to have the warranted product.
God warrants the covenant with His people. If a sinner places faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, salvation is guaranteed. The fine print of our salvation isn’t based on our own faithfulness or goodness. In 2 Samuel, we read that David realized his “house” was not perfect and not deserving in many facets. However, he acknowledged the “everlasting covenant” was not contingent upon him being blameless. If our perfection was necessary and sufficient, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus would have been meaningless.
God’s promise to the believer was founded upon the perfect sacrifice of His Son. Our obedience to God is not a sufficient foundation. Make no mistake, however, our obedience and faithfulness is important and desired by God, but does nothing to extend His faithfulness. Consider Hosea 6:6. It was written “for I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God father than burnt offerings.” We are reminded of our need of mercy when these words were repeated in Matthew 12:7. “If only you had known the meaning of ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.” Like the Pharisees, we like to place confidence in our own abilities and sacrifices, instead of our inadequacy and need of mercy. Our bodies are inevitably going to fail and our golf shafts are going to break. God’s covenant and His faithfulness to His people give us the hope that someone “has our back” without compromise.
When we value a product, we don’t use it in a reckless or negligent matter because we realize the cost that was paid. We have insurance for our automobiles, yet, we still don’t drive them in a manner knowing it will be repaired or replaced in the event of damage. We had to make payments for a number of months or had to save up for years for its purchase. The product has served us well since we came into our life. Therefore, we have a certain dependence on its reliability.
God wants us to have this great value for our salvation. “Eternal salvation” for the believer is not something that allows us to sin or disobey with a reckless disregard on the knowledge we can’t lose it. The price paid on Calvary by Jesus was too high and too valuable. We have a covenant, a promise and a “warranty” from the Almighty Heavenly Father. One day our physical bodies will be renewed to match our spiritual restoration that we received through salvation. Please believe and have confidence to that this warranty is eternal and will never expire!