Signs and Promises

          The stories in the Bible are filled with signs and promises from God.  One of the earliest of these signs, and most remembered, is the rainbow God put in the sky.  In Genesis 9:13 and 15 it says, “I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant made between me and the earth. … And I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and never again shall the water become a flood that shall destroy all the flesh.”  In this sign we have a promise from God, and it is a promise to us on the side of life.
            As Christians few promises are more important than the promises made at our baptism and when receiving Holy Communion, but these promises are not initiated by us, but by God himself.  Thomas C. Oden once said, “Water, bread, and wine express promises, not that we make to God, but that God makes to us, to which we may respond in obedient faith.”  This week, think of the promises God has made to you in Holy Baptism and in Holy Communion.   How you live out your life is your response to it all.  Let your responses be in obedient faith.
Pastor Dennis