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cropped-rose-4.gifGenesis 9:12-15, And God said, “this is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you (Noah) and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant and between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life”

After the flood, God told Noah that the rainbow would symbolize His gracious promise never again to destroy the earth with water. Out of the clouds the deluge came; yet it is in the clouds that God places this colorful arch of promise.

The rainbow reminds me that little beauty can enter our lives without the clouds of trial. And when the sunshine of God’s love floods our sorrow with light, there a shining rainbow of hope appears. However, God does more than offer hope. Amid the troubling clouds, He sends His angels to help us (Hebrews 1:14).

In one of German’s famous art galleries, a painting called “Cloud Lane” hangs at the end of a long dark hall. It appears at first to be a huge, ugly mass of confused colors – unattractive and forbidding. However, upon closer examination you see an innumerable company of angels.

Theodore Cuyler writes, “How often the soul that is frightened by a trial sees nothing but a conglomeration of broken expectations. But if he analyzes the situation from a position of faith …, he will soon discover that the cloud is God’s wonderful chariot of providence, full of angels of mercy.”

My beloved, if clouds hang heavy over your life today, look for the rainbow of hope. You can be sure that God’s angels will be there to meet your needs.

Further thoughts:

One of the loveliest sights in God’s creation is that of the beautiful rainbow. As each of the seven colors composing the bow stands out in its individuality of color, yet each merges with the color next to it. The rainbow is a sermon in nature, telling us that God will never ever break His Word. But it tells us far more than that. What is the message of the rainbow? My beloved the rainbow also speaks to us of:

(1) God’s power,
(2) God’s perfection,
(3) God purpose, and
(4) God’s promises.

What do you see as you look up – the blackness of the cloud of your sin and of God’s judgment upon it? Or can you see God’s rainbow of mercy, grace, love and a full salvation shining against the dark background of the cloud. Can you hear Him say to you what Isaiah said in Chapter 55, verses 6-7,”Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”

My beloved, our faith will be strengthened and we will be encouraged when we meditate on what the Scriptures say about God and compare it with the way He works in our own lives (John 14:21). My beloved, He is a God who answers prayer (1 John 5:14-15), comforts us in our suffering (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), and provides for our needs (Philippians 4:19).

No cloud of affliction is without God’s rainbow of promise.