Sunday Musings: God’s promises

Genesis 9:12
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.

I always appreciate seeing rainbows- this one was an especially pretty one. It stretched across the sky, arching perfectly over the road as we were driving Saturday. It was still raining when I took the picture. 

In the Bible, we are told that when Noah and his family stepped off the ark, there was a rainbow in the sky. Some believe the rainbow was a sign of God’s promise to never again flood the Earth in its entirety, while others believe the rainbow to simply be a sign of God’s power and sovereignty. This is what I believe. 

Think about the world Noah and his family encountered when the waters receded and the family stepped onto dry land. All plant life was gone. The only animals still in existence were the animals Noah brought aboard the ark. All people, except those on the ark, were gone. The weather patterns were drastically different from anything they’d seen before and the geography had completely changed. I believe the flood was probably an emotionally frightening experience to Noah and his family. I believe too that God knew they needed a reminder of His love and His protection. 

I wrote about rainbows and the flood to bring about this point- catastrophic events and emotionally frightening experiences are hardly a thing of the past. Things like this happen on a continual basis. Every week, it seems when I watch the news, I am hearing about yet another shooting or evil act. Some people would say it’s like God has left. The truth is, no matter how bad things get, God is still God and he hasn’t gone anywhere- he’s still on his throne. He’s still painting rainbows to remind us of His love and protection. Next time you see a rainbow, stop and think about what it really means. 

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