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THE RAINBOW AND GOD'S FAITHFULNESS
Remember the story about Noah?
The people in the world had grown so wicked that God decided to wipe them from the face of the earth.
But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
The Lord instructed him to build an ark. He even told him exactly how to do it.
Noah, his family and pairs of every kind of bird, animal and creature that moved along the ground went into the ark and the Lord shut them in (Genesis 7:8-9;16).
Then the floodwaters came on the earth - "...all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights" (Genesis 7:11-12).
After the flood when the earth was completely dry again, Noah and his family along with all the animals and birds came out of the ark again and the Lord made a covenant with them.
He said, "Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth...This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth" (Genesis 9:9-16).
God gave the rainbow as a sign of the covenant between Him and mankind to never again destroy the earth with water.
And in His faithfulness the Lord has kept His promise all these thousands of years.
When it rains we still see the rainbow in the clouds.
God is still reminding Himself and us of the covenant He made with mankind.
Yes, it does happen that there are floods when it rains a lot, and people do get killed during these floods.
But God has never destroyed every living thing on earth through water like He did in the days of Noah.
In this we can clearly see God's faithfulness. We see Him make a promise or covenant and keep it.
God never makes a promise without intending to keep it.
We can believe His promises and we can trust Him at all times.
When you have walked a journey with the Lord for some time you too will have your own accounts to share with others about God's faithfulness to you.
What has the Lord done for you lately that you can tell someone else to share God's goodness and faithfulness with him and to encourage him to trust the Lord in all things?