But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Genesis 6:18 ESV
Once God initiates a covenant, it is irrevocable.
“But God, didn’t you know that on the other side of the flood, Noah and his family would sin greatly? Didn’t you know that his descendants would bow down to other gods? Didn’t you know that they would throw their own children in the fire for sacrifices? Didn’t you know they would hear You calling and choose to turn their backs on you after all You’d done for them?”
Yes, He knew. And He chose to save people anyway even though Noah and all his descendants would mess up badly. Their faults would not be glossed over, and their mistakes would be made public ~ giving all of us hope that if God can restore and redeem their sins, He can do the same with ours.
Do you believe that a promise this glorious could apply to you? Or do you believe you’ve erred too badly, offending God beyond what your relationship with Him can withstand? I’ve had my seasons where I feared both were true.
But I’ve learned that our sin is not the point. The power of Jesus’ death over sin takes preeminence. Our faithlessness is not the point. The power of God’s faithfulness in keeping His covenant is unshakeable. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.
John Newton said, in a letter to his wife, “Remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior.”
People punish by withdrawing their love. Yours never wavers. Amen