Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21:45
I have a love me/love me not relationship with rain. Like picking petals from a flower my feelings go something like; love the sound, pluck. Love getting my hair wet on the way to work not, pluck. Love the blooming flowers, pluck. Love ruined outdoor plans not, pluck. Love cute rainboots, pluck. Love wet flip-flopped toes not, pluck.
Despite the “nots” I get excited when I see the rain because I know that somewhere out there, even if I can’t see it, there is a beautiful rainbow decorating the sky!
There is so much to admire about the rainbow. Its vivid colors light up the sky like a flashing billboard sign. The best rainbows I have experienced are the upside-down rainbow that smiled down on my cousin and I while we were exploring the city; the rainbow shining above the clouds outside my window while flying to the Dominican Republic and the rainbow pouring out over my church and attaching itself to the steeple. I’ve always loved to see a pretty rainbow in the sky, but these especially are burned into my heart.
Before I met Christ, I never considered how the rainbow came to be. I can still remember the first time I read the story of God’s covenant with Noah and the colorful symbol he placed in the sky to memorialize it. Noah and his family had endured 40 days of rain on an ark filled with every kind of animal the Lord had made. They were protected from the rain and flood while the rest of the sin-soaked world perished. When the rain had passed and the waters subsided, God placed a rainbow in the sky and said “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” God kept that promise all of these years. Now, the sight of a rainbow reminds me of God’s faithfulness.
I love the rain because it brings the rainbow and no matter what I’m facing that day, I am reminded of God’s many promises to His children. His promise to love us. His promise to redeem us. His promise of blessings. His promise of protection. His promise to be with us…. I could go on and on.
Joshua 21:45 says, “Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” This is still true today. Every promise God has ever made has been upheld. That’s good news for us today because that tells us that we can trust him, just as he was faithful to Noah, he was faithful to the Israelites and he is faithful to us too.
I pray that whatever you are facing today, you will remember the rainbow and be encouraged by the faithfulness of God and all of his promises. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He promised and His promises are true.