Genesis9:13-16 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.
Friday as I was driving home from Cassville I encountered a really awesome sight. Then as quickly as it was there, it was gone. As I topped at hill coming down Hwy W out of Wheaton, MO I saw the biggest, fattest rainbow I have ever seen. I reached for my phone to take a picture, drove down in the valley, and then it was gone and the rain was pouring down.
I quickly thought, it is in faith that we stand on the promises that God has spelled out for us in His Word. I have heard believers and nonbelievers alike stand on God's promise to not destroy the world through flood. They have faith as they see the rainbow of this covenant, even though they may not be followers of Christ.
Yet, just as I moved towards that promise, and then was quickly overtaken by the storm as the sign of that promise faded. How many times do we see the promise in sight, but get so caught up in the storm that we let go of the promise. We know the promises of God, memorized them as children, but we fail to walk in them because of the storm surrounding us. We must come to the point, that regardless of what we see, we stand on the promises of God.
I am reminded of the words of an old hymn by R. Kelso Carter
Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit's call, resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God.
It is time that as Christians that we stop being pushed around by the storms of this world and stand on the promises of God. That we not only stand on the promises, with a head knowledge of what the word says, but that we walk them out knowing that what God has promised is ours to have, it was given to us completely at the resurrection of Christ. We can rest in that promise.