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FAITH: Seeing God’s grace in the rainbow’s beauty
On a recent afternoon, I was walking our dog along Collingwood Drive just after a rainstorm had thoroughly soaked most of Kamloops.
The bright sunshine replaced the dark clouds and it felt warm on my back as I walked facing Strawberry Hill.
I looked up into the sky and saw an intense, beautiful rainbow that stretched in an arch from just below the peak of Strawberry Hill to the back side of Mount Peter.
The conditions were perfect for such a rainbow to appear and I watched in awe as the colours streamed across the sky.
It was like a beautiful bridge had been built to span the gulf between the two mountains.
Of late, there have been a number of references to rainbows.
I thought of the stories in the local newspapers and on the TV news coverage.
But, I thought also of the rainbows I had seen when I was a child and had wondered at the beauty of them.
I also thought of the Sunday School stories about a very special rainbow that we were taught God had placed in the sky.
What was so special about that rainbow?
With the rainbow, God gave His covenant of grace.
How could that be?
The story of Noah and the ark can be found in Genesis 6:11 through Genesis 9:18 .
Did it not take Noah a period of time to build the ark?
Instead of listening to Noah, the people who saw him mocked him and called Noah a fool for building the monstrous boat in a place where it almost never rained.
What a fool Noah was.
After Noah, his family and the land animals were on the ark, a period of seven days passed before God closed the door.
Seven days passed by when people still went by and mocked Noah as he stayed in the ark, waiting for something to happen.
Only when the rains came, and didn’t cease, did the people outside the ark realize what a mistake they had made.
Genesis 9:12-14: “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 not 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.”
When Christ came, He was the fulfilment of the covenant between God and man.
We are saved by grace alone.
The rainbow, seen through the eyes of the New Testament, is the sign of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
He brings forgiveness and a new life.
The gulf between man and God has been bridged through the death and resurrection of Christ.
When you see a rainbow, can you see God’s grace?
John Noakes is a
member of the Kamloops
the KamloopsCommunity Church and a solider with the