15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
This scripture speaks to me of three distinctly different themes wrapped up in one story, and those themes are the importance of promises, signs, and relationships. How many times do we make a promise that we are unable or unwilling to keep, and don’t consider the consequences? How many times are we presented with a sign, and yet we are unwilling or unable to embrace it? And how many times do we behave in a way that puts a relationship in harm’s way, and yet we are unwilling or are unable to make amends?
Let’s dig into promises. God makes over 7000 promises throughout the bible to man, and yet this tends to be the story we learn in Sunday School very early on. And it is a pretty scary tale. God purposely destroying the earth! Yikes. So why do we gravitate toward it? I believe because the promise to never flood our world again encompasses faith, love, and hope, so important to learn in our formative years.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say there are a few “signs” that most of us really pay attention to, and a Rainbow ranks really high. When we see one, we often stop in our tracks. We admire. We take pictures. We say prayers of thanks. It’s the symbol that visually connects us to our faith, love, and hope. What an amazing gift from God. These verses cover important pillars of a relationship, and those are understanding and agreement. The everlasting covenant God makes with us after the flood shows His love for us as He provides partners for every species: one of the best demonstrations of hope for a better future built on faith. Praise God!
Dear Lord, thank you for keeping us in your everlasting care and for giving us the gifts of faith, love, and hope. Help us keep our promises, see the signs and practice understanding in our relationships as you have taught us. In your blessed name we pray, Amen.