Friday, January 29, 2016

God's Promises are Powerful

The story of Noah and the ark is a story of promise. Whereas God's people had turned their back on their loving God and heavenly Father, he reached out to Noah and his family in an attempt to preserve a remnant of his creation. Noah, who was faithful and honored God's call, even when it appeared to be ridiculous (worthy of ridicule), thereby saved his family and himself from imminent destruction.

God showed his loving care in the story of Noah when he provided the exact details, complete with instructions of how to build the ark: how large to make it, how many rooms, even what kind of wood to use. Noah showed his faithfulness by following the instructions to the letter, even though they were miles from large bodies of water, and there was no indication of threatening sin.

As a result, only Noah and his family survived the great flood. After 150 days, the waters receded, and Noah;s family and the animals were able to de-ark. it was then that God filled the skies with a glorious rainbow and said to Noah, "I make a promise to you: never again will all the earth be covered with a flood. The symbol of my promise to you is a rainbow. The rainbow shall be a reminder forever that I, the Lord God, will keep my promise."

This promise is also known as the Noahic covenant, the promise God made to Noah that no matter how bad things get, God will preserve a remnant through whom he can rebuild his kingdom on earth. A covenant is similar to a contract, but even more binding because it is a spiritual commitment, an eternal promise.

We can be reminded every time we see a rainbow that God keeps his promises, but we don't have to see a rainbow to know and rest on the assurance, the eternal promise, the covenant that God will keep his promises.

God is a God of positive promises. He has promised he will never leave us or forsake us. He has promised we can have life and have it abundantly. Be like Noah today - claim his promises and believe in them! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain - even life itself!

 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13)

Be blessed and be a blessing!

From the "Power for Life Bible."

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