March 9, 2019
By Caron Gonzalez
"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."
- In order for there to appear 'Rainbows' the storm comes first. It is defined that storms are 'a disturbance of the atmosphere...' (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/storm). We all face storms (disturbances) in our lives that can be juxtaposed in any situation we face, even God himself saw a disturbance with the old covenant for the lives of everyone. Applying the concept ‘storms lead to outcomes of rainbows’ can be used in different spiritual concepts such as a personal storm someone is facing and another is the subject of the "everlasting covenant". And through the knowledge that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), than we can better understand God and his desire of how we are to perceive life and the preception of a storm and rainbows.
- In reference to personal storms, I heard it said that 'Disaster isn't beautiful but God's will is...' (Joyce Meyer), therefore; any form of current negative occurrence happening in with in our lives always seem overwhelming and even unbearable at times (I know I go thru many trials myself). But thru knowledge we can stay comforted that "...we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..." (Romans 8:28). Dealing with personal storms one promise(rainbow) out of many that God stated is that "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11). Its also written the 'Righteous shall live by faith' and so by faith as Christians we know God is for Us ALWAYS and wants us to overcome. "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." (Hebrews 10:36).
- Now the subject of the "everlasting covenant" ... it is written, "... Jesus has received a much more excellent ministry, just as the covenant He mediates is better and is founded on better promises. 7For if that first covenant had been without fault, no place would have been sought for a second. 8But God found fault with the people and said: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house...." (Hebrew 8: 6-8). And Jesus Christ says, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." (Luke 22:20). By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:13). It is also written, "Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our LORD Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:21).
- Therefore, as believers of Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God we can use the old scripture addressed to Noah in the book of Genesis and apply it to understanding God's objective of the 'Rainbow'. Whenever we see rainbows we remember ourselves as God promise to remember too that "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God." (2 Corinthians 1:20).