Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Rainbow

11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Genesis 9:11-17, NKJV

The Rainbow

In our verses today, God re-establishes his covenant with Noah with the promise to never again destroy the earth with a flood. He then grants to Noah and his family a sign of that promise. God says that He will set His rainbow in the cloud as a sign of His covenant with Noah.

We tend to take rainbows for granted, do we not? Yet, even now in this, the 21st century, God is still maintaining His promise to Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood. He, as in Noah's day, shares that promise with us through the visible sign of the rainbow in the clouds. So, the next time we see a rainbow, let us think of that promise that God made to Noah so very many years ago. 

When I think of the great mercy of God and His faithfulness that continues to us this many years later, I am wonderfully reminded of those beautiful verses we are so familiar with from the book of Lamentations, chapter 3. 

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-26, NKJV

We serve a wonderful, faithful God. The promises He made so very long ago still apply to us this day. How amazing is that? Truly God's faithfulness to us is greater than we can even comprehend. Therefore, as the writer of Lamentations expressed, we do hope in Him. God continues to be good to those who wait for Him--to the soul who seeks Him.

We do know that the earth will actually be destroyed by a fire at the end of time. But, in its place, God will create a new heaven and a new earth. From that time throughout all eternity, God's children will live with Him in great peace and joy.

This is so much more than we could ever deserve. Yet, the grace of Christ has made it possible for us. Through Christ's death and resurrection He has paved the way between us and God. Go to Him today--for truly His mercies are everlasting.

What an amazing God we serve.

God Bless You,
Linda
 

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