The entire story of God and God’s people is one of a covenantal relationship. A covenant is different from a promise. It presumes action by both parties involved. Whether it was the covenant with Abraham or Moses or David or this one in Jeremiah, the agreement is consistent: “I will be your God and you will be my people.”
Even though these words were addressed to the Hebrew people in exile, we, as Christians, can’t help but think God was talking about Jesus as the new covenant. In what way is this covenant built on relationship rather than rules? What is the history of your covenant relationship with God?
In prayer, think of each high or low moment in your relationship with God, offering thanks for God’s faithfulness to the covenant despite your fickleness.