I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. – Genesis 9:13
The great flood. We have all heard the story one way or the other. We learned how Noah built the ark and preached to men about the flood that was coming and how he was ignored and even rejected. Then after many years the day came when clouds started to form and drops of rain began to fall. Soon those drops became streams and every living creature on earth, perished. Only those in the ark survived.
What was it like inside the ark all of those months? What were their reaction when the water receded and they were able to come out on the top of a mountain? What were the conversations? We just can make conjectures. But one thing is certain, God made a covenant with Noah that he would not destroy the world with water again. It was understandable, after all they had been through. I can imagine what they could have been thinking if it rained again. How vulnerable they must of felt. But God knew best. But why a rainbow? What was it so significant about it? Why would He used something that was never seen before and call it a rainbow?
The word used in the Hebrew in this portion for the word bow is “qesheth/keh·sheth/“ which translates as the bow used by a warrior. So what God was telling Noah was that He was hanging his “weapon” in the sky and would not destroy the earth anymore with it. But his covenant needed to be visible so you and I would be reminded not only of this covenant, but of the faithfulness of God. He knows our propensity for do wrong, but in spite of that, He has promised that as long as this earth remains, planting and harvest, cold an heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
You might be going through a flood of trials. You look around and the only thing you see is waves of uncertainty. So if you are in the middle of a storm that feels is going on for days, months, and even years, remember that He has hanged his warrior’s bow in the sky and has decided to love you and not destroy you. The water will recede and your ark will be anchored on high ground, and that is an advantageous place to be, because you will see everything renewed.
His promises are true and will forever be present for you and for me. Need any proof? Just look at the rainbow.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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© Copyright Danny Maldonado, 2012
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