Daily Devotion, 5-13-2020 - The Rainbow Connection

Pastor: Connie Belmore

The Rainbow Connection
Scripture Reading:
Genesis 9:8-17

What do you think of when you see a rainbow in the sky? It is one of God’s most beautiful creations and should remind us of God’s promise to Noah and his family to never again destroy all life by flood. God placed the rainbow in the sky to remind generations to come that God would not destroy the earth by water again.

The Bible is full of God’s covenants with humanity. The first recorded covenant God made was with Adam (Adamic Covenant). If Adam were obedient to God, (by not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil), life would be perfect (in essence). Adam was supposed to be obedient but he did not keep his part of the covenant. God, as part of the covenant, warned Adam there would be a curse if he disobeyed (sin). In Genesis 3, God also made provision to Adam for redemption. God also made a covenant with Abraham to make him father of all nations. And of course, the covenant with Noah that if he would obey God, build the ark and take his family and the animals on the ark, God would spare them from the destruction of all the earth. God kept his word then and he has kept his word since in that the entire world has never again been destroyed by water. There are many other covenants in God’s Word to include the New Covenant under which we now live. This is prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and promises that God will have a close, unbroken relationship with all God’s people, beginning with Israel and is later extended to all people who come into faith through Jesus Christ. Jesus sealed this covenant with his blood and it is by God’s grace through faith that we receive a restored relationship with God (Matthew 26:28; Acts 2:21).

So the next time you see a rainbow, remember what it represents in the Christian faith. It should remind us that we worship and serve the same God of Adam, Abraham and Noah who wants to deliver us, redeem us, restore us and sustain us if we but call upon the name of the Lord. When we see that rainbow, let’s remember all of God’s covenants and give thanks and praise for the New Covenant of grace. The bottom line is that God created us to love us and to provide for us. God’s covenants are based on who God is and God’s plans for the world, which is that all people would be saved.

Dear God, we thank you for the many signs and wonders you have given us to remind us of your promises as Father, Son and Holy Spirit who creates, delivers, redeems, and sustains us. Help us to receive your grace and love so that there is an outpouring from us to others as we serve you by serving others. In the name of the One you sent to save us, your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

 
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