Genesis 9:11-12… I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. 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. I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
The rain-bow is a perpetual sign of God’s love for us. It is the sign of the covenant that He made with Noah; He would never again destroy the earth with a flood. When we see a rainbow, which is a common occurrence, we are reminded of His love and His word to us. We are also reminded of the flood that He used to destroy all living creatures. That is the essence of the covenant that the rainbow reminds us of, “I will never again destroy the earth with a flood.”
God is an awesome God… awesome in power, and awesome in love. Can you imagine if God was a power hungry God. He could demonstrate His power in so many ways and so often, we would be always afraid. When angels greeted shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth, they said, first, “Be not afraid.” That was a common greeting when angels spoke to men. They are sent from God and He wanted to be sure we were not frightened by His messengers.
Fear motivates humans to do, or not do, many things. It is, quite possibly, one of the core emotions in men. But it is not needed when man is in covenant with Almighty God. Today, take inventory. What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid? Mostly we fear discomfort. That can come in many ways:
Physical discomfort hits us in the form of disease and sickness and broken bones. I used to slow down for corners, when I rode dirt bikes, because if I did not make the corner, I could hit a tree of another object and could break bones. I could also have been killed, but I was young and I didn’t worry.
Emotional discomfort hits us in the form of worry and anxiety. Worry and anxiety are often signs of potentially pending physical discomfort.
Relational discomfort is real to us when people don’t meet our expectations. God put the rainbow in the cloud to alleviate fear. He loves us.