“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Sign in the Clouds

(Please read Genesis 9:8-17)

June 6

 The story of Noah and the flood is well known to most people in this country. The eight survivors were grateful for being saved in the ark, for their first act on leaving it was to make an offering to God. God responded by promising that there would never again be such a devastating flood and declared that the rainbow would be a perpetual reminder of his promise.

Those survivors must have felt a deep dependence on God in this strange new world in which they found themselves, and the rainbow surely was a marvelous sight that made a lasting impression that day.

A rainbow is still surprising and wonderful to behold and lovelier than any picture can portray it. It has been the basis of many poems, one of the best of which, by William Wordsworth, goes like this:

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!

Now that the sign in the clouds has appeared for many centuries, it reminds us not only of God’s promise about floods but also that he has been true to all his promises, and it is thus a significant reminder of the faithfulness of God.

Without a cloud and some rain, there is no rainbow. So it is that we may see God’s faithfulness more clearly after the darker experiences of life. When we see rainbows, either the real or figurative, let’s thank God for pulling us through the storm.


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