Before making a deal with someone as an adult you read the terms of service and/or write down who will receive what once you sign on the dotted line. As a child deal-making is much different. You didn't have to sign on the dotted line or read through a packet of paper but you did have to check to make sure there were no crossed fingers behind the other parties back (since crossed fingers meant they could back out of the deal without penalty). Of course, you could always take the agreement up to the highest level of commitment by invoking a "pinky promise."
Today's reading (Gen. 9:1-17) reminds us of the rainbow and the special significance it holds between God and man. In this text, God promises to never flood the whole earth again with water, and His rainbow stands as a symbol of that promise, a reminder to Him and us of both the commitment God has made and the expectations He has of us.
As he opens his letter to Titus Paul reminds us of the nature of God, specifically about the fact that He "never lies" (Titus 1:2). With God, there is no concern that He will back out of the contract. We don't have to wonder whether He had his fingers crossed behind His back and we don't have to ask Him for a "pinky promise." God is faithful in keeping His promises, and He will never let us down.
What other promises has God made throughout the Bible?
How should that change the way we live day to day?
Say a prayer thanking God for His promises and the confidence they bring.
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