October 1, Sunday

Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Our Covenant God

Genesis 8:21-22

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Recently, my wife and I decided to give our older daughters an allowance based on how well they listen and if they are helpful doing choirs around the house. I have to admit that my daughters were pretty excited about this as it gives them a way to save money and get a gift they want for the future. The allowance system is based on a promise that was made between my children and me and because of their trust in their parents; they know that they will be rewarded.

In today’s passage, we also see a promise made by God to Noah. This promise is called a covenant, which is structured agreements between God and man. In Scripture, God made covenants with, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. In the covenant with Noah, the Lord promised never again to destroy all life with a (universal) flood (8:20-9:17). He also pledges to sustain the seasonal cycle, and thus the general stability of nature.

You might be asking, what’s the point of all of this? We need to understand that covenants were based on God’s love for His people. If you ever doubted God’s love for you, the Gospel reminds us that the New Covenant is the promise that God makes with humanity that He will forgive sin and restore fellowship with those whose hearts are turned toward Him. Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant, and His death on the cross is the basis of the promise (Luke 22:20).

Spend some time this morning reflecting on His love for you. He loves you so much that He made a way, through Jesus, that we could receive His grace and salvation. Ask the Lord that you would understand and experience more of His great love.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the covenants in the Bible because it shows Your love for us. Even when we fail to keep our end, You still shower us with Your unconditional love because You are the great Promise Keeper. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 56

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