January 21, 2014

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Genesis 8:6-22

As one unknown author has said, “Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver. As a child I remember an interesting way I would attest to a promise, “cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.” How often have we made promises only to break them, or find that others were unable to keep a covenant made with us? The story of Noah reminds us that this isn’t the case with God. When God makes a promise, it is kept, no matter what circumstances may arise. The story of Noah is a reminder that when God makes a covenant, we don’t have to worry whether or not it will be kept. God’s promises are ones we can “take to the bank.” “Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, … “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen 8:22) And as a reminder of that promise, God set a rainbow in the sky to not only remind us of God’s faithfulness but to remind Himself as well.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your word that never fails and for the sign that gives us assurance. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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