Evening, August 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And I will remember my covenant.” — Genesis 9:15
Note carefully the form of the promise. God does not say, “And when you shall look upon the rainbow, and you shall remember my covenant, then I will not destroy the earth,” but it is gloriously put, not upon our memory, which is fallible and feeble, 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! The whole of the fortifications of salvation are secured by divine power, and even the outlying towers, which we may imagine might have been left to man, are guarded by almighty strength. Even the reminder of the covenant is not left to our memories, for we might forget, but our Lord cannot forget the saints whom he has engraved on the palms of his hands. It is with us just as with Israel in Egypt; the blood was upon the lintel and the two doorposts, 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, since it is impossible for our God to look at Christ, our bleeding savior who has secured our place, and then to be angry with us for sins already punished in him. No, it is not left with us even to be saved by remembering the covenant. There is no cheap covering here, no mix of wool and flax–not a single thread of the creature mars the fabric. It is not of man, neither by man, but of the Lord alone. We should remember the covenant, and we shall do it, through divine grace; but the hinge of our safety does not hang there–it is God’s remembering us, not our remembering him; and henceforth the covenant is an everlasting covenant.