An Everlasting Covenant

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Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.  But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Genesis 6:17-18 NASB; Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did. v. 22

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 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:16-17 NASB

I don’t always keep my promises on time. Sometimes I fail to keep them at all. But, God always keeps His promises. He is the consummate promise keeper. His Word is true and can be trusted. Its interesting that many ancient civilizations have creation accounts that include a flood story that is very similar to the Bible account. The covenant God made was to not destroy the entire earth again by flood. Its a promise of protection and care. How wonderful to know that in His righteousness, God is also compassionate and filled with grace. We can look at a rainbow and know that He loves us with an everlasting love. I wonder who needs that encouragement today? I sure do.

How can I appropriate the promises of God in my life? Am I obedient to do all God has commanded (just like Noah)?

God, as this day begins- I am grateful for Your everlasting covenant. Its by Your mercy alone that I have entered into a saving relationship. I want to pause and be available for You to set my agenda today. Who can I reach out and love in Your name? Would you continue to protect and provide for each in the church and in my circle of family and friends… and may each of exhibit thankful hearts as You do.

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