Thursday, September 15, 2011
"COLORS OF HOPE"
Good Evening to All!
I'm sure we all are familiar with rainbows. We all know the definition according to the dictionary.
It is: (1) a bow or arc of prismatic colors appearing in the heavens opposite the sun and caused by rain. (2) a similar bow of colors, especially one appearing in the spray of a waterfall. (3) any brightly multicolored arrangement or display. (4) a wide variety or range; gamut.
It was appointed as a witness of the divine faithfulness (Gen. 9:11-16). It existed indeed before, but it was then constituted as a sign of the covenant. Others, however (as Delitzsch, Commentary on Pentateuch), think that it "appeared then for the first time in the vault and clouds of heaven."
It is argued by those holding this opinion that the atmosphere was differently constituted before the Flood. It is referred to three other times in Scripture (Ezek. 1:27, 28; Rev. 4:1-3; 10:1).
(11) I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." (12) And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: (13) I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will b e the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (14) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, (15) I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. (16) Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:11-16) NIV)
Not only is this phenomenon a beautiful thing to look at, but it springs Hope Eternal. Every time I look at one I am reminded of God's promise and feel like He is speaking to me.
As in the weather, our lives are full of clouds and storms as well. No matter where we are in life or what we do. No matter whether we are rich or poor sick or healthy, we all have troubles and situations come up in our lives. We can rest assured though that a rainbow is sure to follow. As long as we have God in our lives and God's promise, the clouds will dissipate and the storms will dry up.
As I have told people before when we have had discussions, God created good and evil. He created rain and sunshine. We cannot have one with out the other. If good was all we had, we wouldn't know it was good, because there would be nothing to which to compare it. If the weather was always dreary, we wouldn't know what sunshine is like. Therefore, into each life a little rain must fall so the saying goes. When the rainbow comes in our lives we need to embrace it, appreciate it and acknowledge where it came from.
The next time you see a rainbow, look at it, thank God for it and think of it as the "Colors of Hope".
Good Night to All and May God Bless!
May you dream of beautiful rainbows of hope tonight.