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Genesis 9-11; Mark 4

I used to live in a house with an east/west exposure. In the summer, thunderstorms usually rolled in from the west and moved to the east.  After they passed, I would always go to our back door and wait expectantly for the sun to come back out because I knew I would be delighted by the sight of a rainbow as the dark clouds moved into the distance.  Sometimes the rainbows were faint, but other times they were bright and vibrant with color! One day I was driving home from work and I had to pull over because there was a double rainbow—one on top of the other.  Seriously, how can anyone look up in the sky and not become excited about seeing a beautiful rainbow?

After I became a believer, the sight of a rainbow took on a whole new meaning. I would look at it and think about God and how He made a covenant, a promise to all of humanity, to never again destroy the earth through flooding.  Genesis 9 says this:

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (emphasis mine) NIV

Did you catch that? Every time you look up and see a rainbow, God is looking down and seeing it as well!  God is remembering us as we remember Him.  Though we know God never forgets, how encouraging it is to think that a rainbow makes Him think of us and all of His creation and He remembers His promise!

In Mark 4, Jesus says:

23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

He says this as He is sharing several parables about hearing God’s Word (the seed and the soil, the growing seed). He wants us to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to us through God’s Word.  The bible is full of God’s promises to us (His seed)—He remembers every one of them even when we don’t.  What are we going to do when we hear them?  Are we going to let them be snatched by Satan (Mk 4:15) or let them take root deep in our souls (Mk 4:20,27)?  We need the deep roots–it is the only way we survive those floods that come into our life!  You see, God did not say He would never again send floods; He said He would never again destroy through floods.  I’ve had some floods in my life where I thought for sure I was going to drown.  It was only God’s promises that kept me going—His Word, His seed.   13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds...   His promises are for all of us.

Heavenly Father, no matter what is going on in my life, let me hold fast to your promises. I want to see a rainbow and know that you are thinking of me, I want to hear your Word and know you are speaking to me.  I want Your words to be roots that go deep–so deep that I will become unmovable in my trust in who You are and what You say—no matter what comes.  In Jesus name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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Numbers 23; Psalm 64, 65; Isaiah 13; 1 Peter 1

God is not a human being, and he will not lie.

He is not a human, and he does not change his mind.

What he says he will do, he does.

What he promises, he makes come true. Numbers 23:19 (NCV)

I try to find opportune moments throughout the day to share with my children about God. Sometimes, those moments are served up on a silver platter, easy to find and easy to talk about. Sometimes they are scattered about like breadcrumbs, tiny morsels of His goodness, for us to find together.

On Sunday, my oldest daughter found a rainbow-shaped eraser at the restaurant where we ate dinner for Mother’s Day and I recognized an opportunity to remind her of another facet of God.

We all love rainbows for some reason or another. Some love them simply because of their beautiful colors. Some love the mystery and the science of how they emerge in the sky, through a prism of glass, or in a puddle of oily water. Some love the idea of legends of leprechauns and pots of gold.

I love rainbows because they represent the promises of the Creator.

When the first rainbow appeared in the sky after the flood waters had receded in the days of Noah, God explained that it was a sign of His promise, a promise that would never be forgotten and would never be broken.

I think about the promises that I have made in my lifetime and I can’t even count how many I have broken. My imperfect humanness left those promises in the past never to be remembered again. I never set out to break them, but they were broken just the same.

I think about the promises that God has whispered into my heart and I am encouraged to believe, to trust that those promises will never be forgotten. Those promises will always bear fruit because God’s ‘Yes’ is always ‘Yes’.

After my second daughter was born, I spent a few days in the hospital as most new mothers do. I had recently woken up and the nurse had taken my little bundle for her daily checkup. I wasn’t expecting any visitors until the next day. My postpartum hormones were out of control and I was feeling gloomy. The quiet in the room made me lonely.

And that is when God showed up…

I looked out of the window at the view of the river and for just a few moments a rainbow appeared over the water. Almost as soon as I saw it, it was gone.

In that twinkling, I was encouraged by God’s presence, a reminder that He will never leave me or forsake me, I will never be alone. It was a memento of the promises He has for me, as well as, the promises He has for my children.

Yesappa, thank you for never lying, for never changing your mind, and for always keeping your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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