“God heard their groaning
and he remembered his covenant with
Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob…”
Exodus 2:24 (NIV)
Depending upon who it is who makes a promise we may rest easy or have no rest at all! Christians are rich with many promises from the Lord. One biblical word for promise is “covenant”. Covenant in Scripture means a sovereignly given promise for certain things to be done by the Lord and received by the appropriate response of His people.
When Christians hold communion services, they are stating they are in covenant with the Lord. The bread and wine symbolize the broken body and shed blood of our Saviour which was once for all given at Golgotha. Just as the bread and wine consumed in faith sustains our bodies, so the broken body and shed blood of our Lord on the cross guarantees our eternal redemption.
When Scripture speaks of God “remembering” His covenant it refers to God “enacting” or “performing” the promises in the covenant. So “to remember” means much more than simply calling to mind a promise made long ago. When the dying thief asked Jesus to “remember” him when Jesus came in His kingdom, he obviously was asking to be made a part of our Lord’s eternal kingdom. The man knew the promise and acted in faith.
As we suffer, we need to read the God given promises to His people and bring them to our heavenly Father in faithful prayer asking that He “remember” them and thus ask Him to fulfil the promises given. While the Lord is faithful to His promises, He expects His children to remind Him of His covenant with His people.
In Ezekiel 36 we read of numerous promises the Lord makes to His covenant community but at the end of the list of promises we read in V37 (KJV);
“Thus saith the Lord God;
I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel,
to do it for them…”
So, in our difficult times we must search the Bible for promises and then present one to our heavenly Father for its fulfilment. This way we show the sovereignty of our God in “remembering” the promises and our responsibility as His children in pleading for their fulfilment.
Here are a couple of promises to present before the Lord in faith as you navigate your way through this difficult time. Look for more promises and take heaven by “storm”.
Deuteronomy 31: 8
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
“…call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 50:15 (NIV)
Remember, God is as good as His Word.