Genesis 9 — God’s Unimaginable Faithfulness

by | Aug 31, 2020

READ Genesis 9

“I establish my covenant with you that never again will every creature be wiped out by floodwaters; there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth…I have placed my bow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:11, 13)

In Hawaii, we are fortunate enough to be able to see rainbows on a regular basis, whether that’s during a morning walk or when driving home from the beach in the afternoon. In fact, though we may stop for a few seconds to look up and say, “Look, there’s a rainbow!”, we almost always just go on our day without giving much thought to the deeper meaning of the sign. And we don’t really stop to ponder its significance or beauty when we cheer on our UH teams at the Stan Sheriff or Les Murakami Stadium. It’s become such a common occurrence that we have lost sight of its incredibly deep meaning. 

The rainbow is a sign of an unconditional covenant God made with the earth, Noah and his descendants, and all living creatures. Remember, God sent the Flood after he saw the great wickedness of man and regretted that he had made man (6:5-6). When we see it, we are reminded of the reality that irrespective of how wicked mankind may become, God will never again destroy the earth with a flood. It’s a promise rooted not in how well we perform or please God, but in the faithfulness of our Lord. 

Ponder that unimaginable faithfulness of our God as you go through your day, and as you see rainbows reminding you of God’s character. How has God shown his faithfulness through history, through your loved ones, and through your life? 

Finally, you who are in Christ, be comforted by the unimaginable faithfulness of the God of the universe about whom Paul says “He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6) and who in the end (which is not truly an end – it’s really just the beginning) will declare “Look, I am making everything new” (Rev. 21:6).

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