God’s Promises! Here we are going back into (local) Lockdown. We are learning to live with Covid-19. We are learning to live in recession. We are learning to love our neighbour better (in light of Black Lives Matter). We’re watching to see how Brexit will be completed. We are aware of the need to care for our world – God’s Creation – better. With so much happening across the world and in our own personal lives – it is a good time to turn towards God’s Promises in the Scriptures.
The Story of the Bible – the Story of God – is all about God’s promises to his people. The Old Testament tells the story of the Old Covenant of the first promises – agreements God made with his people. The New Testament tells the story of the New Covenant of the new and final promises, God has made to his people. In the Bible, there are five Covenants that are key to understanding the biblical story and how we fit into it. In the Old Testament, we have God’s Covenants with Noah, Abraham, Israel and David. In the New Testament, we discover the New Covenant through Jesus – with Us – all people.
Why does God make Covenants with his people? He always finds ways to rebuild his relationship and partnership with his people. What is particularly special too is how each time God makes a new Covenant with his people – His promises with his people get better! (Albeit humankind’s contribution to the agreement increases too!)
These five promises and covenants of God help us to understand the Story of the Bible and the Story of God – the Covenants, Old and New, point us to a better world, a forgiven world, a restored world, a healed world, a saved world, a world of everlasting love, joy, peace and hope all made possible ultimately because of Jesus Christ.
Moreover in the New Testament we discover lots of promises of God that we can apply personally to our own lives too – promises which Christians over the ages have testified and experienced and found to be true. Why not consider some of them for yourselves too? Here are just four –
May God give you his hope, rest, new life and a knowledge of his care for you always.
Rev Adam Pawley