Genesis 9:12-17 – 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: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 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. 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." 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." (NKJV)
God must love rainbows: He made so many of them. I've seen rainbows in soap bubbles, in seashells and on fish scales, in puddles of oily water, and often displayed in great glory across the rain-washed sky.
But a better reason for believing God loves rainbows is God's covenant with man. After the flood destroyed the earth, the Lord placed His bow in the sky to remind us, as well as Himself, that He promises never to send another world-wide flood.
After spending a few rainy days with my mother in her Florida home, I was glad when the airplane broke through the thick layer of clouds into the bright sunshine. Looking down upon snowy clouds, I was amazed to see a rainbow in a complete circle. Right in the center of the circle was the shadow of our plane. I watched God's beautiful Rainbow of Promise for several minutes until it suddenly disappeared from view. Airline pilots call this circle The Glory.
As I remembered that picture, I saw my life in Christ in relationship to the beautiful rainbow that held the shadow of our plane. Here are some truths that parallel the Christian life:
- A Christian enters the state of salvation by faith — I entered that plane by faith.
- Safety is in Christ — There was safety inside the plane.
- Sin is overcome by God's power — The aircraft's power overcame gravity.
- God's promises surround and protect — The plane was encircled by the rainbow.
That day, when I boarded the aircraft, I was worried and fearful, but in watching God's rainbow, I forgot my fears. All of us have troubles and fears, and will continue to have them as long as we live. Let us remember that God will see us through every difficulty. Let's look for His promises and believe what He says. Let us seek to lay hold upon all Christ has for us; let us seek His Rainbows of Promise. If we do, we are sure to find them.
- Rainbow of Promise
By faith we can receive every promise
If we only believe God and trust,
And reject every doubt of our evil heart.
It's the only way —
Believe God, we must!
- Amy Woolf Garner © 1996
Prayer: Help us to remember to seek you and your promises each time we are fearful. Help us hide your word in our hearts so that we might not sin against you. Thank you. Amen.