Genesis 9:13 “I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.”
Traveling down the highway in a misty rain, my husband and I watched as a beautiful ribbon of color formed. It looked as if it was coming straight out of the ground and shooting toward the sky. At first it did not form a “bow,” but remained like a tall tower stretching upward. For many miles we drove toward the majestic rainbow, watching as it slowly began to form an arch. When it seemed like we were going to drive under it, the sky became dark and the rainbow disappeared.
As we think on the first rainbow, Noah and his family must have been awed by the amazing and stunning sight. The ordeal Noah and his family had just endured of living on the ark for one year and ten days, plus knowing all the people on the earth were now gone, and that only the eight of them remained must have been quite a trial for them. But when the tribulation is over, God sends them a visible sign of His promised deliverance and abundant grace, which must have brought them great comfort and joy. Their hearts must have rejoiced in God’s covenant promise to never destroy the whole earth with a flood again.
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 9:14-17
Even today, as we enjoy the beauty of a rainbow, let us also rejoice and find comfort that our God is a covenant-keeping God . His promises are always sure, His plans for our lives, (though sometimes strange and/or painful to us,) are always for our good, and we can fully trust and rest in His powerful arms and great love.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
The Better Way: Follow Noah’s Example Of Complete Faith and Trust In God’s Promised Deliverance and Abundant Grace