Genesis 9:12-13 (ESV)
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
God gave Noah a task that seemed impossible to do, but with God’s help, Noah was able to do it. He built a massive boat, filled it with animals from all over the world, and had enough food and supplies to last the length of the trip. Noah had no idea how long the trip would be or where it would take him. He floated through the worst storm in all of history. He did this in obedience to God. He trusted God with everything, and because of this, he and his family were saved.
Have you ever thought about what would have happened if Noah didn’t obey God? We would not be here today! Noah saved the day, and God saved the world.
After being on the ark for over a year, the door was opened. Noah, his family, and all the animals stepped out onto dry land. God had given them new lives. As they ventured out, they saw something up in the sky that nobody had ever seen before. It was a beautiful arch made of different colors; it was a rainbow. This was God’s sign, and his promise to Noah and all of us that he would never destroy the earth with a flood ever again. The rainbow is a beautiful symbol of how much God loves us.
Another beautiful symbol of God’s love for us is the cross. Jesus, God’s only son, died on a wooden cross to take away the evil we are born with. When we believe in our hearts that he gave his life to save us, the bad things we have done are washed away from us. Jesus is our promise to a new life.
Noah’s obedience saved all of humanity. What can our obedience to God and His Word do?
Dear Lord, help us to be obedient to Your word that is the perfect guide for our life. Remind us when we see a rainbow to remember Noah and his obedience to You. Because of his obedience, we are here today. Let the rainbow remind me how much You love us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.