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THE GOD WHO KEEPS COVENANT

September 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

 

Deuteronomy 7:9…Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

One day as I was on my normal run around the lake and rounding the second corner when wham! I looked up and suddenly there it was hanging in front of me. My jaw literally dropped and I gasped. It was the biggest rainbow I had ever seen. I mean it was huge (kinda like IMAX). It was so big; ever color was distinctly visible; purple, blue, green, white, yellow, orange and red! Wow! Funny thing is that minutes earlier when I was at that same spot, the rainbow was not there. It just suddenly appeared!

It got me thinking about what God said to Noah in Genesis 9 when He first set the rainbow in the clouds. He told Noah in verses 12-15…And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

Whenever I see a rainbow, I remember what God said about His promise to never destroy the earth again with a flood. And yet the rainbow is not a sign for us, God said it was a sign for HIM to remember!

Of course I thought, well that’s nice and everything but this covenant is sort of outdated isn’t it? I know that God will never again destroy the earth by flood, but the earth will still be destroyed one day – the next time by fire! (2 Peter 3:10) So then that doesn’t help me much does it?

The rainbow is more than just a pretty symbol – it is a sign of a covenant God made with the earth and all living creatures. Now, hasn’t God kept His promise? Of course He has! Because He is a God “who keeps His covenant”. The very nature of God is that He is faithful and He keeps His covenant and promises!

Remember when God made a covenant with Abraham and promised Him a son in his old age? (Genesis 17:1-2) When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

To further secure this promise, in Genesis15:5-6, God “took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Although it took some 25 years before the promise was fulfilled, in the meantime, Abraham had a physical sign of God’s promise that it would happen. After having to wait all those years, I bet whenever Abraham began to doubt, he would look up at the stars and it would keep his faith strong.

Romans 4:20-21 says this about Abraham, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised…”

It brings glory to God when we believe God will do what He said He will do! God wants us to grow in our faith and trust in Him to the place where we become “absolutely convinced He is able to do ANYTHING He promised!”

So, if you are having trouble trusting the Lord right now (as we all do at times), you can simply gaze up at the stars or look at a rainbow and know that these physical signs are a testimony that God is faithful and keeps His covenant of love to you!

 

 

Julie and her husband, Alan, have been married over 23 years and have been elders in their church (Willowbrook Church in Houston, TX) for about 10 years now. She loves to write and has 2 published Christian Children’s books out and a third one is at the publisher right now. She also has 3 unpublished 14 day devotionals out as well. Julie also created a Facebook page called, “Life with Father” where she writes daily devotionals, share videos, scripture, and pray for people, etc.

Her passion is to help mentor and disciple people. Julie loves to help people see how much God is so intricately involved in our daily affairs and how He longs to share His heart and thoughts with us. He wants to teach us His ways through everything we experience in life. By sharing her own life experiences she is hoping people will begin to look and connect with God in their daily routine and thus enjoy a richer, deeper relationship with Him!

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