A Covenant is a commitment, a promise, and is only as reliable as the person who makes it. John illustrated by offering a dollar to anyone who could do 5 jumping jacks in front of the church. Hannah accepted and received her dollar upon completion. We trusted John to give her the dollar but a million dollars would have been iffy!
God’s covenant is different because of who He is; there is none greater! Heb 6:13 “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself”.
Abram had received a promise from God, but it had been awhile and he was getting older. God had promised a bright future with descendants like the stars ….but Abram was thinking about NOW. He still didn’t have a son. Could he adopt Lot? They had grown distant. Was Eliezer, his steward, an option? What about Ishmael; God said no to all these. You will have a son of your own!
God reaffirmed His covenant to Abram in Genesis 15. Christians are spiritual sons of Abraham….many like the stars! Abram believed and it was counted to him for righteousness.
How does God covenant with us? Salvation is a covenant God offers us and He is faithful.
John told of a personal dark time recently when he fell and hurt his foot…it was a dark and painful time. We tend to think God is punishing us or that our problems are too small to bother God with.
What promises can we claim in times like these?
- Hope! God has a good future for us! Both in heaven, but also in light for our path today!
- Joy! Joy comes in the morning. Joy is God’s antidote for our sorrow. God’s presence with us in trouble! God will take us down paths we don’t want to walk, down roads we don’t want to travel to bring us to places we don’t want to leave!