I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth . . . and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. Gen. 9:13, 15, NKJV.
It had been a quiet winter day, but in mid-afternoon I heard rain begin to fall. I thought, Oh, no! That may seem like a strange reaction for someone who lives in western Washington and hears rain often; however, the twin cities near our home had just experienced severe flooding earlier in the week. Two days before it had finally stopped raining, and people were deciding what to do with their soggy, muddy homes. Now it was raining again! What if it doesn’t stop?
Then God reminded me of Genesis 7-9, the story of the first flood. The very first time it rained it didn’t stop until the water covered the highest hills. God had warned them this would happen and had provided a way for them to be safe. It had never rained before, and the people weren’t used to believing God, whether there was evidence for what He was saying, or not. They stayed with their homes and lost their lives. When Noah and his family came out of the ark, they began to replenish the earth as God had originally told Adam and Eve to do.
Probably, each time it rained, they told their children the story of the flood. When the rainbow appeared they told them of God’s promise. But some people still chose not to trust God. When it rained, they only remembered about the flood, afraid it might happen again, and decided to do something, just in case.
I thought of those who started building the Tower of Babel in order to save themselves. I wasn’t so critical of them now. I could feel the strength of their temptation. I also thought of those who believed God and didn’t join in the tower building. I admire them for their faith. They definitely belong among the heroes listed in Hebrews 11
Though it was wrong not to trust God now that it seemed to keep raining here in our town, I could see what God had known all along—the next time it began to rain they would panic. God knew how frightening it would be, so He put the rainbow in the clouds as a promise that there would never be another flood to cover the whole earth. I can depend on that promise, too.
Lana FletcherView all devotionals