‘every cloud of trouble has a rainbow of divine purpose’. For the child of God, we can be sure that in every difficult situation we find ourselves, God’s promises are still true!
Today’s Reading: Genesis 8:1-10:32 (additional reading Psalm 4:1-8 and Proverbs 1:20-23)
Key Verse: 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 9:16
The story of Noah is one of the most familiar passages of the Bible. I am sure if we were to ask none-churched friends to name some stories from the Bible. Noah’s Ark would be high on the list. They remember the ark, remember the flood, remember the animals but forget the rainbow.
There is a story of a young girl who had to fly with her father in a storm. She was really scared to take off in the aeroplane and fly through all those dark clouds. Crying and holding on to her father, the plane took off and before long flew straight through those stormy clouds and into the sunshine above. As the girl looked through the window again, she could still see those dark clouds below and the sunshine above, but with all the excitement possible she cried: “Daddy, daddy, look, it’s a rainbow and we’re seeing it from the same side that God sees it from!”
The clouds below beheld a wondrous sight; a glorious rainbow stretching from horizon to horizon in the shape of a perfect circle. The rainbow, as a multi-coloured halo, was a spectacle to behold! To the people below, all they could see were storm clouds but flying above the clouds, in the glory of the sunshine, they were perfectly positioned to see the rainbow that God had put in the clouds.
So it is in life. When the storm clouds come, try to rise above them by faith, and by faith remember God’s promises. God’s promises are based on His character. Consequently, they are consistent, trustworthy, true, and pure. God’s promises that are based on God’s character are solid, reliable, trustworthy, and can be counted on.
There is a well known saying ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, but I want to invent a new one, ‘every cloud of trouble has a rainbow of divine purpose’. For the child of God, we can be sure that in every difficult situation we find ourselves, God’s promises are still true! He is still with us! And he is transforming us more and more into his likeness. Take a look at these verses, Romans 8:28, John 16:33 and James 1:2-3.
When we properly position ourselves in relation to God’s will for our lives, it will not be long before we see the rainbow that God has put in the stormy clouds of our life, and more importantly, we will be able to see the rainbow from the same side that God sees it from!
- What storms are you looking at in your life?
- How does it make you feel that God has a totally different perspective on those same issues?
- How can you remind yourself of God’s faithfulness and covenant?
Father, Thank You that you are above all. Thank You that You are always true to your word and we can count on it regardless of how things seem from our perspective. Help us to put our trust firmly in You and Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.