Friday, July 25, 2014

Genesis 6:17-18 -- On Covenanting With God

"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee."
Genesis 6:17-18

This is God talking to Noah, and I think it is interesting that after he talks about destroying all flesh he doesn't say, but Noah, I will save you, or you get to live, but he says that they will establish a covenant.  And I think this is part of what God expects from all of us... an agreement.  We have to fulfill our part, and God always fulfills his part.
Too often, we think that our relationship with God is one-sided.  Sometimes we think it's all God's job and that he'll save us if we do nothing, or do whatever we want.  Other times we think it is one-sided in  a different way, where God just sits around on clouds and we have to make everything happen.  But our relationships with God aren't one-sided.  God works with us as we work with him, and blesses us as we are obedient and learn the lessons God sends us in order to help us grow and learn.
Today, let's be willing to do our part in our relationship,with God.  Let's be willing to commit to him, and agree to improve and grow as God agrees to teach and help us.

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