Wednesday, July 11, 2012

God's Promise

I know it is a story we learn as children, about Noah and the Ark.  How God sent the flood waters to destroy his creation because they had turned so far from Him and were corrupt.  For 40 days and 40 nights the rain continued until all the earth even to the tallest mountain tops were submerged.  Hard to imagine what life would be like trapped inside this massive vessel filled with livestock, and the same people day in and day out.  My kids fight enough on long car rides, much less 40 days and 40 nights!  This makes me thankful for rainbows.

We look at the world today and all the evil that exists in it, and surely we deserve the total destruction that occurred in Noah's day, but God promised Noah that he would never again send a flood to destroy the entire world at once.  He paints the sky every time it rains as a reminder to us.  I took these shots today with my phone.  It was the most perfect rainbow I have seen in a long time.

Genesis 9:12-16 (NIV)
12 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: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 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.”