8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Here God establishes a covenant. Covenant is defined as a contract, agreement, commitment, guarantee, promise, etc. You get the picture. This is the beginning of God’s promise to redeem man. When God makes a promise you can count it. The same can’t be said for us. Just look at our daily lives. Everyday people get married and make a lifelong promise to the other, however 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher, and this is our biggest “promise” or “commitment” we ever will make. Even the ones that stay married still fall short of their promise. Some are unfaithful, abusive, or just not attentive. So what does this mean? I believe it shows us just who we are, and who God is! The Bible tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:4-6). God will tell you which way to go and He is the only one that won’t let you down. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). As far as each of us, we need to be committed to God, so we can be more committed to others. When we turn our will and our life over to God and allow him to direct our path, we become more like Him. Then our promises towards others will be more lasting. We will never be perfect, but we can repent when we fall short. When we fall we sometimes need help getting back up. Jesus said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). God has promised to be there no matter what, and to lift us back up! But if you’re tired, confused, lost, or just don’t know what to say or do….just say Jesus!