There is a sight in the heavens that is pretty much appreciated by all, and I dare say puts a smile on even the most hardened of faces, and that is the rainbow after a raining. It lasts about the length of a hailstorm, and presto, gone.
Does the Creator get the glory? Is He respected with such a dazzling display of ingenuity, color, and perfection? Most of the times not, but there always is a remnant who sees with faith, and bows the knee to God and His eternal promises.
The rainbow, a covenant by God alone between Himself and man, that God would not again destroy the world by flood. A gentle and beautiful reminder, that in a world which forgets Him daily, He proves His enduring benevolence with a painting in the sky which proves his patience and watchful eye over His creation and a world destroyed by man.
The rainbow arrives unannounced and disappears just as quickly, but not before a few hearts are softened by His Majesty. The perfect arc, and the exquisite layering of color are more than a reminder of God’s promise. They are jewels from heaven.
God is speaking through nature that time will come to a close, that there will be ‘time no longer.’ We are trapped into thinking that we all will live through the next 5 day forecast. Lo and behold, for the past 5, 10, 20, 40, or 50 years, we have become immune to the fact that we were promised ‘another five days’ of life.
We live desiring to know the next five days so we can plan our lives. Plan a hike, wash the car, picnic, paint the deck, bike ride, canoe trip, cut firewood, swim. Whatever it is, we decide based on the five-day forecast. We know we will live another five days. Really?
Says who? The rainbow indeed speaks of God’s sovereignty, but it also speaks of His justice, which infers that payment is due. God reminds us that He remembers what the heart of man is; He remembers the days of Noah, he remembers the rebellion of the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve. He remembers that there are many sons of Cain, walking about and seeking who they may devour.
He knows that the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things, and He knows that not all will respond to His gracious call and accept His offer of grace. He is aware of the daily fist clasped so tightly against Him; He knows the thoughts of the proud and the profane; there is nothing that escapes His omniscience; He abides the insults of the mockers, scorners, idolaters; He knows of the thieves, liars, perverts, and the arrogant, yet in all this, God delays His impending hand, and delights by showing us that He somehow some way is FOR us.
His restraint is remarkable, and any man with an ounce of reason and spiritual capacity should jump on the ark of safety and agree as to his sinner-ship. Oh how God is slow to wrath, oh how judgment is His strange work, oh how he commands all men everywhere to repent.
The bow is but a string of His glory, for man would be unwise to explain the rainbow as a freak accident, an ancillary by product of rain, and scientists would do well to tread softly regarding the land where the rainbow dwells. The rainbow is a reminder to God Himself, do we get this?
He is presently occupied with an interest in this earth, He is aware of the wars and rumors of wars, he is aware of the alignment of nations and the confederacies of men. He is aware of the secret dealings and betrayals by world leaders. He is aware of the mindless court decisions and dubious politicians who serve themselves. He has met Herod and Pilate before. He knows all about foxes and has more respect for the four-footed creature.
God loved the world. He has proven it, and He still guarantees this love in the midst of global devildom. God is in control, look to the rainbow for the promise of He who sits on heavens throne.
The rainbow, one more proof that the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His promise is good, and His word is sure. Remember the five-day forecast, and you may have seen your last rainbow.