October 4, Wednesday

The AMI QT Devotionals for October 2-8 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary.  He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Yes and Amen

Genesis 9:8-11

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Recently, I have come to really enjoy this song called “Yes and Amen” by Housefires. The chorus speaks of the faithfulness of God, that all His promises are Yes and Amen (see 2 Corinthians 1:20). Every time I sing this song, I just want to shout the chorus – I love singing of God’s faithfulness because truly our God is faithful!

This passage for today in Genesis is one of those promises to which God is faithful. Noah and his family had just gotten off the ark after the flood waters had receded, so God promised Noah that there never again would be such a catastrophic flood. God was faithful to Noah through the storm, to save him and his family. He was faithful to maintain His creation in order that that the earth would be repopulated. This promise of God to Noah was not a “maybe”; it was a mighty “YES”. God’s promises are not something to doubt; they are the basis for our faith in Him! I’m sure Noah and His family found comfort in this promise of God as they began to rebuild their lives outside of the ark.

God makes many promises throughout the Bible, and He is faithful to each and every one of them. Let us hang on to the promises of God, knowing that He is faithful. Oftentimes, when we think of promises, we can remember people in the past who have broken promises with us. But let us find peace knowing that God absolutely will not break His promises to us. He is faithful to us and always will be.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being so faithful to us, Your children. There are so many things in this life that can cause us to worry and fear, but may we find peace in the surety of Your promises to us. Let Your faithfulness bring us comfort this day. Help us to find true rest in Your promises.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 59


Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Corinthians 1:19-22: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Questions to Consider

  1. What does it mean that Jesus Christ “was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’”?
  2. Why does Paul say that all of God’s promises are ‘yes’ in Christ?
  3. What sign do we have now of God’s continual faithfulness to us?

Notes

  1. Some may fear that Jesus may be faithful at some times, but not at others. But Paul here is saying that this is not true. Jesus is always YES to us, because He is always faithful. This means we can trust Him and the truth of His gospel.
  2. Jesus Christ was the culmination of all God’s promises. Through Jesus we see the fullness of God’s faithfulness to us, that He was willing to be true to us even at the cost of His beloved Son. May we never take for granted the cost of God’s promises, that Jesus had to pay the ultimate price to demonstrate God’s faithfulness to us!
  3. The Holy Spirit! One of the reasons God sent His Spirit into us was to seal us in Him. Because of the Spirit in us, we can trust that God is not letting go of us, no matter what. The Spirit signals that we belong to God, and since we are God’s, we are fully secure.

Evening Reflection

Take some time this evening to reflect on God’s faithfulness to you. Perhaps there is some particular worry on your mind. Surrender that to God and allow His faithfulness to bring you comfort, that you may rest easy in Him tonight.

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