Day 3 God is faithful Covenant Genesis 12:1-3
The eleventh chapter of Genesis ends on a rather sad note. Abraham left his home country and he had no children. Sarah was barren. The twelfth chapter opens with great promise on two accounts. On the first account, God made a promise to Abraham and his descendants. On the second account, the future holds promise. That is, because of God’s promise, there is a promising future full of hope. God chose to use promises, or covenants, to help man understand the faithfulness of His character and the depth of his commitment to his creation. Promises made and promises kept are excellent ways to prove faithfulness.
Bible students sometimes divide the movements in Scripture according to covenants. There is the covenant God made with Adam, one with Noah, the one in the focal text for today with Abraham, it was renewed with Moses, clarified with David, and finally fulfilled and renewed in Jesus. As the story unfolds in Genesis, it was many years before Abraham and Sarah had a child. The delay was not a testimony of a failing God. Rather it was a testimony of God who led Abraham and Sarah to greater faith.
The kind of covenant God makes is one of a higher authority making an agreement with one of lesser authority. God had everything to bring to man. Man had nothing to bring to God. Contemporary agreements are usually made regarding equal resources. When two men make some kind of agreement, the resources brought by one are usually thought to be equal to those brought by the other. If this formula is not followed, the agreement is thought to be one-sided. The agreement God made with man has no such equality. In the unfolding of history, God has been faithful to keep his end of the covenants while man has continually failed. The important lesson is this, God’s faithfulness does not depend on man’s performance.
Upon reading the remainder of the book of Genesis, one will discover the parameters God placed around this promise. Although it was not dependent upon Abraham’s performance, Abraham could choose to walk in God’s covering of blessings or he could walk outside the covering of blessings. That did not change God’s love for Abraham or his continued work on behalf of Abraham. It does mean that Abraham would suffer the consequences of sin or walking outside the covenant. The key thought for today is this, God has made promises and always keeps them. He has promised a reward to those who are faithful. That is a promise to believe in such a way as to orchestrate your life around the expectations of the Lord. Because God keeps promises, humans can keep promises. Because God’s character is one of keeping promise, we can know that being transformed into the image of his Son includes being made into a promise keeper. If God failed to keep his promises, this earth would disintegrate into nothing. Everything we know as dependable would suddenly lack in dependability. Be of good cheer. God is faithful in keeping his promises.