Devotional Readings

A Teacher for Generations

And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow 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; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. (Genesis 9:14, 15)

The waters of Noah will not return. The rainbow is a teacher from generation to generation. Children ask its meaning, and reverent parents explain it to them: There will not be another universal flood.

God’s covenant with Noah still stands fast. Someday it will be completed in the eternal redemption of His people. So why should we worry about the clouds of trouble that darken the world? We never see the rainbow until a cloud arises. It has been said, “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” How often we fail to think of God’s promises until we find ourselves in one of life’s cloudy days. Then we search the memory and God’s Holy Book for them. When the sky is dark, God’s precious promises shine like a rainbow above our troubles.

There is a rainbow about His throne (Revelation 4:2, 3). He always sees it there and remembers His promise. Our Saviour, who pleads His blood for our sins, points to the bow as a token of God’s peace with the human race. It was the prophet Ezekiel who saw that “as the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about” (Ezekiel 1:28). The more we know of God, the more we shall trust His rainbow promise of peace and love.

There’s a rainbow in the sky;
We cannot see it, yet it’s true;
Arching where the storm unfurls,
Like God’s promise to the world,
There’s a rainbow in the sky–
For you!

MEDITATION PRAYER: “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth” (Psalm 119:90).


from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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