by Isaac Cantrell
As I drove home from work last week I saw the most spectacular rainbow I have ever seen. I could see the entire rainbow from one end to the other and each color was vividly visible. As I looked at it throughout my ride home, I kept thinking of the promise that was given with the rainbow many years ago. This is what the Bible says:
And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 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. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
When children aren’t quite sure that you are telling them the truth they will often say, “Do you promise?” Of course if we are telling the truth we say, “yes, I promise.”When we make promises to our children they believe us because they know that we will carry out what we promised them – just because we promised.
If we can take a stand like that on a promise made by a human being, how much more can we stand on the promises that are given to us by an all-powerful God who “cannot lie”? (Titus 1:2) Here is a just a small sampling of some of the great promises that God has made us from His Word. Claim these promises for yourselves in a real way and let them sink in as you read them:
1. We have conquered death through Jesus Christ.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” -John 5:24
2. We can have “perfect peace” when our mind is kept on Him.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” -Isaiah 26.3
3. We have guidance by the True Guide, the Lord of Hosts.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” -Proverbs 3:6
4. We have Help in times of trouble.
“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”
5. He is coming back to take us to our eternal Home with Him.
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
-1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
Not only is He coming, but He is coming quickly! (Rev. 22:12) Do all that you can NOW to make a difference for the kingdom of God. He has promised us everything we need.