Gods Promises

We were reminded afresh this week as we saw a rainbow stretched across our sky....
"I [God] have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 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.”

So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” Genesis 9:13-17

While there is a group of people who would like to twist the meaning or even the thought of what a rainbow stands for The Bible makes it very clear as to its origin.  This is the truth with so many of God's promises.  The words of God saying "I will never leave you or forsake you (Josh. 1:5; Heb. 13:5) is written many times in Scripture, yet when times of trouble come we think we are all alone.  Just like how the rainbow has been twisted in our world today so has the ideology that we must rely on ourselves because no one else cares for us as much...which is a lie from the pit of hell.  God did not create us to be self sufficient humans, He created us with a need that only He can fill.  You do not have to look very far to see the effects of someone trying to fill the void only Christ can.  Our world is filled with people who are becoming slaves to addictions, jobs, stuff in hopes to fill that void, but it is never enough....because things of this world were never meant to be enough. 

God understands us far better than we ever could and is ready and waiting to guide us through this journey.  Did you know the Bible referance to "fear not" 365 times.....in my opinion because we desperately need that reminder everyday.  It's easy to lose sight of what we really fear with all the distractions of life.  Living here in PNG has a unique way of removing many of those distractions and placing us face to face with fear.  Will we have enough water, what if we get sick, what if we run out of food, what if we don't have any money, what if one of us dies....the list could be endless as we see these things played out around us everyday.  This is why it is important to keep God's promises in our minds....as we do not control the days, but we do control our attitude.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:25-33

Rainbow over Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC)

Walking to a higher point at the school I could ever see the start of a second rainbow!