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 have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth". Genesis 9:12-13
How many times have we asked God for a sign, and then he sent us one. We may have ignored it because we didn't like it, or we just weren't paying attention. Or maybe we weren't patient enough to wait for that sign, or possibly it was already there. Like the rainbow.
Coming after a rain shower, a severe storm or even catastrophic events like a tornado or hurricane, when the rainbow appears, it is a sign of hope, that everything is going to be okay. It's God's way of comforting us when we need it most - yes, he says, I am here, and I am watching over you!
Now these verses come after the flood that destroyed most of the earth, with the exception of Noah's family and two of every animal and birds. The symbolism to me is that even if everything else is destroyed in our lives, we are still here, we have us, we have Him, and we have a rainbow that says it's never going to be that bad again. Maybe bad, but never that bad again.
In my own recent experience of trying to eat less sugar during Lent as a covenant between God and I, I reluctantly admit a few slips. If we think for some reason God has slips like we do, we have missed many points of scripture that tell us emphatically God holds true to His word. I am thankful he extends forgiveness although I did have a flood in my apartment a few months ago.
Turns out, it was all restored. And I saw a rainbow the other day to remind me who made sure it was!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.