Faith & Life: Believing in God’s Promises

Photo of a rainbow in the sky
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Faith & Life: Believing in God’s Promises

The Rainbow and God’s Promise

by J.M. Troppello

I love rainbows. I always have. I know it has come to symbolize something different today. However, to me, it will always symbolize God’s promise.

13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen. 9:13-17, NKJV)

The rainbow is a special symbol. God set the rainbow in the clouds as a memorial to His promise to never flood the earth again, as was depicted in Gen. 6-8. It is a continual reminder of his oath.

We had heavy rain today, for most of the day. There was some hail. There was thunder and lightning. We haven’t hooked up our standing air conditioners yet to the windows. It’s been very humid the last few days. However, I opened the windows today and the cool breeze was welcome inside.

I hoped it wouldn’t rain all day because I wanted to go outside on the deck for a bit to get more articles written. Finally, toward the end of the day, the rain stopped. The thick storm clouds cleared, and I saw the blue sky and some sunshine again.

I got my laptop and work paraphernalia together, dried off the table on the deck, and sat down to work. We do have a roof partway over our deck, so I can still work outside on days when there is light rain. However, with the heavy rain, everything was soaked. And, I didn’t want to chance being outside and getting struck by lightning. Now, I know the chances of that are 1 in 1,222,000 (Source: The National Weather Service). However, lightning did strike down on the ground near the door by our garage – about a few feet from my husband once – when he was coming home from work. So, no, I didn’t want to take any chances.

As I was working on an article, my husband called while on his drive home. I happened to turn to the right and saw the sky and there was a rainbow. I quickly took a photograph of it and used it in the header photo for this article. The rainbow only lasted for a short while, but as soon as I saw it, I immediately thought about God’s promise.

That always happens when I see a rainbow in the sky. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I cherish the moment – and thank God for His faithfulness always and forever.

What do you think of when you see a rainbow in the sky?

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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