Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 9.
Meditate on Genesis 9:17 ” So God said to Noah, ‘ This is my sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all life on earth.'”
Nothing frustrates me more than having to repeat something I just told my children over and over again. Here in Genesis, we see God repeat the covenant, the sign of the covenant and His promise to remember the covenant many times. Verse 17 is the seventh and final mentioning of the covenant that God establishes with Noah and His descendants in this chapter.
God repeats Himself because this new covenant is important, and it stands worth repeating. God is even gracious enough to not only repeat it but give us lasting reminders of His promises after every storm. The rainbow in the sky would stand as our, symbol to this day, of His promises. The bow that He would turn on Himself instead of on His people.
God isn’t frustrated with our need for constant reminders like I get with my children. Quite the contrary actually, He is willing to go above and beyond to make Himself known to us because of His great love, and desire to be with His people again. He is a good Father.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that your ways are higher than my ways. Thank you that you loved me enough to establish a new agreement between yourself and your people. God help me to not grow weary of the reminders I need and your people need to point us back to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Application: Reminders are one way God shows His grace to us.
Read Romans 8: 28-30.
Memorize Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Pray for an opportunity to remind someone going through a difficult time of Jesus, and how He uses all things for our good and His glory.