God made a covenant with Noah and with us.
Genesis 9:8-15 (CSB)
“8 Then God said to Noah and his sons with him,
9 “Understand that I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you—birds, livestock, and all wildlife of the earth that are with you—all the animals of the earth that came out of the ark.
11 I establish my covenant with you that never again will every creature be wiped out by floodwaters; there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations: 13 I have placed my bow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I form clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all the living creatures; water will never again become a flood to destroy every creature.”
Our God is a covenant maker! This is just one of several covenants mentioned in the Bible. The covenant with Noah is an example of a unilateral agreement where God initiates and accepts all of the responsibilities of keeping His promise and man has no conditions (or restrictions) to make sure God would not destroy the earth by flood.
How does God respond to man? How does God love? God is a promise keeper; God is a covenant keeper!
In our English translations, the Hebrew word “hesed” is often translated as “abiding love, faithful love, or steadfast love.” Taking it further down the list of dictionary definitions, we find the terms loyal and covenant. How does God respond or how does God love? With loyal love – with covenant love!
Do you know this promise keeping, covenant keeping God? Have you experienced this kind of love? Psalm 136: 1, 23-24 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. He remembered us in our trouble. His faithful love endures forever. and rescued us …
His faithful love endures forever.”