Charles Stanley (November-01-2020) Daily Devotion: A Covenant of Salt.
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
God made agreements with His people in many unusual ways—with stars (Gen. 15:5 - And He took him outside and said, Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, So shall your descendants be."), a rainbow (Gen. 9:13-16 - 13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."), and even salt, which is mentioned three times in the Old Testament (Lev. 2:13 - Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.; Num. 18:19 - All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you."; 2 Chronicles 13:5 - Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?). By definition, a covenant is a formal, binding agreement or promise. And this type of commitment requires mutual trust that the other party will abide by the terms.
Because salt keeps its flavor for a long time, it became a symbol of endurance in the ancient world. And so the substance was used to seal an agreement between two parties—to establish trust and ensure that the promise made would endure above all else. We, too, are asked to make a lasting commitment to the Lord—to profess our faith, pray without ceasing, and draw near to Him.
Think About It
- Take a few minutes and read Genesis 9:1-29 and Genesis 15:1-21. What might stars and rainbows have in common with salt?
- What is the “salt” in our commitment to God? How do we demonstrate our loyalty today?