And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all
flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to
destroy the earth (Genesis 9:11).
As Noah and his family departed from the ark after the
flood waters subsided from the earth and experienced the delightful refreshment of a cleansed earth
[remember Gloria Gaither’s “fragrance after the rain?”], God made a covenant with Noah. He
said, “And this shall be the token of the covenant. . . I do set my bow in the cloud . . . and
I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you, and every living creature” (9:12-15).
The rainbow is a perpetual reminder that God is Lord over all, and He is a sovereign God and is
in control of nature and all of life. The appearance of a rainbow is not to be perceived as a mere
natural phenomenon. It is God’s seal upon His covenant, a solemn reminder of His power and
faithfulness. God’s rainbow is not always visible, but it is always there [Revelation 4:3]. In all
the personal storms you may have to undergo, behold with the eye of faith God’s rainbow of promise.
As by faith Noah entered into the ark [Hebrews 11:7], trusting God to bring him and his family
safely through the flood, so you, too, by faith can survive any storm of life, and rest in God’s
presence and protection through it all.
As already noted, the rainbow appears again in the
Bible. In Revelation 4 it surrounds the throne of God, assuring God’s faithful flock that no matter
how dire may be the terrors and judgments described in Revelation, God is still on His throne and
has everything under control. Nothing is going to change that. For the unknown future, all is
confidence and calm. God will bring you and all His redeemed family safely though. “It is your
Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).