The Lord is incapable of lying; throughout the Old Testament we hear of how He kept His covenants with His people. The Lord continues to make unbreakable covenants with us today. “When God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, and said, ‘I will indeed bless you and multiply you.’ And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13
The Lord swore by Himself to ensure and emphasize that He would never break the bonds He has created between Himself and His creatures. These covenants that were first established in the Old Testament continued in the New Testament with Jesus, the ultimate fulfillment of these covenants. However, the road to salvation has not been easy, and even after the coming of Jesus Christ, we current pilgrims still have a difficult road to follow if we want to enter His kingdom. We are still in a fallen world, and still waiting on the Lord.
Noah was asked to be patient in undertaking the task God set for him, and so were Abraham, Moses, David and so many others throughout the Old Testament. God makes grand and wonderful promises but they involve long waiting periods. Today, we are waiting, but in a sense, we are more fortunate than our ancestors because we already have the promise of salvation fulfilled by Jesus, although we remain in this fallen world for as long as the Lord wills. While we wait, it is easy to become distracted and disregard the divine promises. When life becomes more trying than ever with pandemics, riots, and elections consuming our waking moments, the reassurance of our Lord can be swept away as we crave swift relief from these tribulations. The true and best relief remains with the Lord in His covenant.
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mark 2:28
The Lord understands that patience is hard, and the waiting He requires seems endless. But He has promised that it will end, and when it does, the result will be unimaginably wonderful. During our time of waiting, we can find hope and comfort in the Son of Man (and God) who is also our Lord and our Savior.