Early in the morning, before I breathe a word of prayer or read the Word of God, I make note of the date at the top left corner of a page. This habit is handy to jog my memory. I can pull down any journal over the last twenty years and be reminded of God’s faithfulness in my own life on any given day of the week.
Even before I truly knew Him or made a habit of writing things down, He was there, sovereign and good over every little detail, whether I acknowledged it or not.
But oh, how beneficial it is to record the faithfulness of God!
It was Noah’s first desire to build an altar to the Lord, marking the day God delivered his family from the waters that prevailed on the earth for one hundred and fifty days.1
God promised: “I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day, and night.” 2
God promised to preserve the course of nature all the way to the end and set a public sign in the sky. He gave the world the Rainbow.3
As dawn heralds a new day, it is crystal clear the promise made to Noah long ago remains unbroken. Whether I wake with wonder at that thought or climb out of bed humdrum and annoyed, God continues to keep His promise:
The sun still rises.
This first mercy dispatches a deeper truth
the world cannot contradict.
There is something man cannot control.
Yet each new day he leans his whole weight upon it.
He makes all his plans within its boundaries
—something which he can’t explain:
Why today has a set beginning.
Who is in control?
A question for every tongue.
Yet, this first mercy is the first to be forgotten,
And the sun still rises over our heads.
God’s activity throughout human history, notably the 5 key covenants God makes with humans in the Bible, tell the essential story of God’s faithfulness to man. These stories ignite my senses and stir my emotions, helping me make the important connection to God’s promises in my own life.
This history IS part of my own story.
In addition to the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New Covenants help institute a framework to rightly perceive God’s beautiful plan of redemption from the very beginning.
“The biblical covenants form the unifying thread of God’s saving action through Scripture, beginning explicitly with Noah and reaching fulfillment in the New Covenant ratified through the blood of Jesus Christ.” 4
When I consider how God’s promises did not fail Noah, Abraham, the Israelites, and David, even as they themselves failed, I can take great courage.
If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.5
The people of God today live in the reality of the New Covenant. A forgiven people. A people with identity, secure in the Person of Christ. A people rescued, redeemed, and reconciled to God.
The Prophet Jeremiah announces:
“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant…I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…[and] I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” 6
In a dark candlelit upper room the air is heavy with betrayal, sorrow, and anticipation. Jesus takes further care to teach His disciples the cost of keeping His promise.
I am astonished by His uncomplicated kindness.
“This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”7
The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of God’s faithfulness to His people. Jesus paid it all, just as He said He would.
God is a God of covenant.
He reveals His purpose through promise.
Promises that remain certain and unbreakable.
For He alone is Faithful to fulfill every one for a thousand generations.
1. Genesis 7:24
2. Genesis 8:21-22, NLT
3. Genesis 9:13
4. The Biblical Covenants, Paul R. Williamson, Gospel Coalition online
5. 2 Timothy 2:13, NLT
6. Jeremiah 31:31-34, RSV
7. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, RSV