This sermon originally appeared on the Episcopal Digital Network’s Sermons That Work.
We human beings love our rules.
The security that comes from knowing how things should be done comforts us in our chaotic world.
God understands this about us, and so God comes to us in terms of covenant.
In our lesson from Genesis, God provides a clear agreement that Abraham can refer to and rely on to know that God will come through on God’s promises.
God willingly limits Godself out of love, knowing that making this clear and concrete covenant, promising to be our God forever and make our descendants fruitful, will bring us comfort and security.
Where we get into trouble is when we think that our ideas about rules and regulations should govern God.
Once we understand that God will always be faithful to us and care for us, we start to think we know better than God who God should be and how God should act. Continue reading