The Covenant With God

First Sunday in Lent

The Covenant With God

Genesis 9:8-17

“God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’” —Genesis 9:17

In the beginning, God created the world and all of us. While we were entrusted to care for the world, we did not take good care of it, each other, or honor God. God’s disappointment in us caused the destruction of the earth by flood. 

Noah and his family were saved from the flood, for Noah listened to God and honored him, despite the culture around him. After the flood, God chose Noah and his family to repopulate the earth and provided him with the necessary resources to sustain life. Then God made a covenant with Noah, which assured that Noah, his sons and all of humanity would thrive and not again be destroyed by a flood. A rainbow is a reminder of God’s covenant.  

Falling Short of God’s Grace

But we are not always pleasing to God. Watching the news, we have daily reminders of how we fall short of God’s grace. Yet God continues to provide us with a reminder of the covenant with us—that we will receive God’s grace and mercy and will be given salvation. This is the first covenant God made with us, and during Lent, we honor our covenant with God.

God’s covenant is everlasting. When I think of the magnitude of that type of promise and commitment, I am humbled. God made this covenant without assurance from Noah and his family. God made this covenant for all future generations. God promised to keep us safe and not destroy the world by flood again. This was not contingent upon actions or promises by Noah.  What can I offer God in exchange for this? I honor God and this covenant during Lent.  

Alana Walls is Executive for Distance Learning for United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 2/17/2018 12:00:00 AM
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