Advent

A Reminder of the Blessing and Promise

A Reminder of the Blessing and Promise

Genesis 9:1-17

I do not know about you, but I get so excited when I see a rainbow. If I am driving, I will slow down or pull over so I can look. If anyone is nearby, I excitedly point to it and invite them to look. I have even pulled out my camera phone to take a picture. If you ever see a double rainbow, then you have hit the jackpot! Rainbows brings a smile to all of us. However, do we remember or know what the rainbow means?

God had brought judgment to the world through a flood. Noah and his family obeyed God and got into the ark, believing and trusting God to place them in a safe place. Now destruction turns to deliverance for Noah and his family who have been in the ark for over a year.

God blesses Noah and his sons by telling them to replenish the earth (be fruitful and multiply); provides food (animals and plants); reminds them to take care of each other and themselves; and establishes a covenant with them and their descendants. The covenant: “never again will all life be cut off by a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Then, God seals His covenant with a rainbow!

The rainbow is like a Post-it note pointed towards God as a reminder of His covenant and as we look at the rainbow, remember we are a faith community required to be a blessing to each other. We shall remember the covenant with faith and thankfulness, and we are comforted. During this Advent Season, I am reminded of how God added to His Covenant through the birth of Jesus. God gave us, for all generations—a Savior, a Provider, a Comforter and a Deliverer!

Therefore, my friends, the next time a storm brews look in anticipation for the rainbow—a reminder of God’s blessings and promise of our Deliver, Jesus!

Thank You, Lord, for the rainbow, a reminder of your grace, mercy, and love.


Colleen F. Cates is Director, Baltimore Washington Conference.

Posted or updated: 11/29/2016 11:00:00 PM

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Testimony for Nov. 27-Dec. 3:

“In November 2014, we started another detention ministry at Gants Khodag Detention Center. We have been ministering to the people by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are reminded of Matthew 25:31-46 as we minister to the people who sit in the detention center. May God continue to work in our lives to build up God’s kingdom.” –Sun Lae Kim, General Board of Global Ministries missionary, Mongolia

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