Covenant, Regulation and Reform

Week beginning: 3rd November, 2019 | By Jon Hyde | London

"This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people".

Jeremiah 31:33 (NIV)

This is one of my favourite Old Testament passages, as it may be for you. The verse above is a snippet from a wonderful promise of restoration by God to His people, given at a very difficult time for them. The particular promise is fulfilled in the new covenant that God has made with us through Christ. By His Spirit, God enables us to internalise and live out His commands with joy.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority have been wrestling with the impact of rules on behaviour, as the latest reforms to their Handbook come into force. The days of detailed rules are long gone. Instead, solicitors and firms have high-level principles and a short code of conduct that they must follow. It is hoped this will encourage solicitors to think more about their actions, and imbibe the principles set down in the Handbook as they do. However, that can seem a daunting task as guidance on precisely what to do in any given situation is limited.

As Christians, we are not alone navigating the complex and sometimes choppy waters of our work or studies. God has promised to settle His commands, which bring life, deep within us, and enable us to follow them. As we start this week let's commit ourselves afresh to follow God through it, and grow in our understanding of His word.

Prayer Points:

1. Give thanks that God desires to be our God, and us His people, giving us life, purpose and joy.
2. Lift your week up to God, and ask that He enables you to follow Him closely through it.