I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Mark the form of the promise. God does not say, “And when ye shall look upon the bow, and ye shall remember My covenant, then I will not destroy the earth,” It is rather not based on our memory, but upon God’s memory, which is infinite and immutable.
“The bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant.” Oh! it is not my remembering God, it is God’s remembering me which is the ground of my safety; it is not my laying hold of His covenant, but His covenant’s laying hold on me.
Glory be to God! Your salvation is secured by divine power. Even the remembrance of the covenant is not left to your remembrance, for you may forget, but our Lord cannot forget the saints whom He has graven on the palms of His hands.
It is with us as with Israel in Egypt; the blood was upon the lintel and the two side-posts, but the Lord did not say, “When you see the blood I will pass over you,” but “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” My looking to Jesus brings me joy and peace, but it is God’s looking to Jesus which secures my salvation and that of all His elect.
Help me Lord to always know I can never please you by my strength, help me to always abide in you and look up to you always. Amen.