Words from the Heart for Saturday April 14th, 2018
God continued, “My covenant is between me and you and every living creature with you. It is a covenant for all time to come. Here is the sign of the covenant I am making. I have put my rainbow in the clouds…”
Genesis 9:12-13 (NIRV)
When the Lord had to destroy sinful life on the earth through the flood, He preserved mankind’s future as well as the animal’s by keeping them safe in the ark. In His love and faithfulness He made a new agreement and promise with His creation. Every rainbow in the sky reminds us that He keeps His promises.
“The Rainbow Bridge connects the tourist districts of Niagara Falls, N.Y., with Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is for non-commercial use only. Commercial vehicles are not allowed on the bridge so the bridge authority characterizes this as the best bridge for tourists. Like most border crossings, the summer travel time can be very busy and delays of 2 hours can be encountered even during mid-day. Because of the view of the Falls that the bridge affords, many tourists are willing to put up with the wait.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t rush outside to stare at the sky when someone announces that there is a rainbow. And a double rainbow really draws a crowd. The rainbow is a gift from God, a sign given after the great flood that God will never again destroy mankind. The sin that had caused great wickedness had broken God’s heart and His justice demanded that He do something to punish those who were involved in the wickedness that was so prevalent. But God loves the world and He found no joy in meting out the punishment He did. So as the waters receded, Genesis 9:12-13 tells us, “God continued, ‘My covenant is between me and you and every living creature with you. It is a covenant for all time to come. Here is the sign of the covenant I am making. I have put my rainbow in the clouds…’” God wanted a sign so obvious that whenever men and women saw it, they would remember the promise God made to the human race. Spring is here and rainbows are back. Next time you see one, remember God’s promise of love.
These have been words from the heart.