No More Water, Fire Next Time
An Image of a Rainbow
Last week we finally got some much needed rain during this season of drought. The next morning, after a night of storms, I encountered this rainbow on my way to work. I don't know about you, but rainbows are breathtaking to me. A colorful arch in the sky is such a miraculous sight. I always marvel when I see them. I am also reminded of something else....I am reminded of the Covenant of God.
The Covenant of God
Christians don't look at the rainbow as some scientific wonder. They look at it as a reminder of the covenant God made with man. Christian or not, most people know the story of Noah in the Bible. God was furious with man for not following his commandments and laws. He just got fed up! So He decided to destroy all the earth except Noah and his family. God commanded Noah to build an ark to prepare for the upcoming rain he would send. He was very specific in His instructions. Noah was obedient. Since it had never rained on the earth before, Noah was most likely ridiculed. His neighbors probably called him a damn fool! God also commanded Noah to get two of every living creature and take inside the ark with him. Again, Noah was obedient. The rain came...rained 40 days and 40 nights. The entire earth was destroyed except Noah, his family and his zoo.
Before Noah exited the ark, God established a covenant with man. In Genesis 9:9-15, God said "....never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; ...This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you ....I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of he covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind".
What's Your Covenant?
What is so interesting about this scripture is that God said He will put the rainbow in the sky so He will remember. God doesn't forget anything. Why does He need a reminder? I can only suggest that God loves us all so much that the rainbow helps him not relent on His promise. We, as parents, may vow to not give our kids something or allow them to do something, but at a tender moment, we may ease up, relent and allow that thing we said they couldn't do. I believe God feels that way about us sometimes. However, the rainbow is not just a reminder for Him...it is for us to remember the covenant as well. Next time, He will judge us with fire.
Can we escape this wrath next time? Yes...by making our own covenant with God. Vow to live a life that pleases Him, follow His commandments and spread His word. If we do this and we see a rainbow, we won't look at it in fear; we will look at it and admire the beauty it is.