Just as covenants hold the bible together, so do they hold together my walk with God.
Two weeks ago I began reading the bible; I’m following a daily schedule that will have me (fingers crossed) finishing the entire book, cover to cover, in ninety days. The first covenant I read about was between God and Noah in Genesis chapter 9: 8-11.
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
I was moved reading about this commitment of love and trust between God and Noah. But something else stood out to me as I continued to read. Even though the covenant had been established, God re-established it again in verses 12-16:
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
And yet again in verse 17:
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
This single covenant was established, re-established, re-worded, re-stated, re-phrased, and repeated, and that got my attention. I imagined Noah being like, “yeah yeah yeah, I’ve got it! Like, how many times do you need to say ‘covenant’?” as God was longwindedly making sure he got his point across. Similar to a parent repeating themselves to their child, making sure what they are saying is actually sinking in.
Even though I made a covenant with God on July 15, 2018 when I was water baptized at my church in Los Angeles, I understand that it doesn’t end there. It was one outward expression of my commitment to follow Jesus. And now my assignment is to re-express, again, and again, and again.
I wake up every morning and remind myself of the agreement I made with God. And I remind myself of it as often as necessary - hundreds of times throughout my day - because if I don’t, then I’m not walking in the Holy Spirit, I’m walking in the flesh.
And flesh won’t hold me together. The covenant will.