Ladies and gentleman,
As we move into a discussion of what if means to be a woman of covenant, I’d like to draw your minds and hearts to a simple verse spoken by Jesus Christ that has impacted me deeply in the months following the loss of our two unborn children.
“If any one loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23.
As a mother and daughter of God I long to have my home be a place where God abides. To abide is a very intimate action to me, it stretches beyond mere living and sharing of space, it fills my heart with the comfort and closeness that I only share with my husband and God. Here is Webster’s definition from the 1828 dictionary,
ABI’DE, v. i. pert. and part. abode.
abada, to be, or exist, to continue; W. bod, to be; to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. Class Bd. No 7.]
1. To rest, or dwell. Gen 29:19.
2. To tarry or stay for a short time. Gen 24:55.
3. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable. Psa 119:90.
4. To remain, to continue. Acts 27:31. Eccl 8:15.
1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await.
Bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:23.
2. To endure or sustain.
To abide the indignation of the Lord. Joel 10.
3. To bear or endure; to bear patiently. “I cannot abide his impertinence.”
This verb when intransitive, is followed by in or at before the place, and with before the person. “Abide with me – at Jerusalem or in this land.” Sometimes by on, the sword shall abide on his cities; and in the sense of wait, by far, abide for me. Hosea 3:3. Sometimes by by, abide by the crib. Job 39.
In general, abide by signifies to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.
When Jesus says “my Word” the Greek here is logos, literally WORD and from it’s use in the very beginning of John chapter 1 “the Word was God and the Word was with God,” we can tell that it’s context is very important. This word is very strong, and from it’s parallel with verse 21 in John 14, we can see that it is meant to relate directly to the commandments of God. Important synonyms for commandments are, law, testaments and covenants. Isn’t that phenomenal? If we keep the commandements of Christ, His COVENANT, he will come abide with us.
To me, a woman of covenant is one who keeps the commandments of God in her home so that He will abide with her and her family, and I think that Proverbs 31:21 confirms that that woman is a woman of the covenant. “She is not afraid of snow for her household, because all her household are clothed with scarlet.” She is not afraid of trouble and destruction either physically or spiritually because she abides by the covenant and God is with her. In a time of great loss for our family I wanted so much to know that God was with us and it was at that time that his words in the gospel of John came to life in my life. I love God’s law so much. It is so loving and generous, so reasonable and understandable if only we would apply ourselves to learning it. If I keep his covenant in my home then I am assured that Christ is with me as well and that we are loved. So, what does it mean to keep the covenant? How does one keep the commandments of God in ones home? As a very wise woman said to me not too many days ago, “The only way I can teach my children about the Bible is if I know it. They will learn about God through me, so I need to start learning.”