I cannot recall a time when a rainbow was visible and no one pointed it out; its majestic splendor captures attention. I hope the attraction isn’t because of the connotation that the world has attached to it: leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and big pots of gold. I like to think the attraction is because of the spiritual connection we have with God. His rainbow doesn’t offer meaningless platitudes of luck and fortune; instead, it’s a reminder of the covenant He made with Noah and to the generations that follow. I believe we can parallel that covenant to the promises He gives us when perilous times fog our lives.
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 cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: (Genesis 9:13-14)
God is in the storm
If you want to have a close intimate relationship with God—walk with Him through a personal storm. When you get tired of being hunted and chased by the devil’s hellhounds, and your response to the Holy Spirit is: “Yes, Lord,” trust me—you’ll get to know Him.
When we embrace the covenant of God through life’s storms, we are welcoming the Holy Spirit our: Comforter, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby (see John 14:26, AMP) to guide us through.
He knows everything there is to know about us and the smog we find ourselves in. If God is for us who can come against us? (See Romans 8:31; Psalm 118:6.) He has given His angels charge over us (see Psalm 91:11-12).
When we dwell with the Holy Spirit and obey His Word, we become sensitive to His nudges; we begin to recognize His voice when He speaks to our spirits.
Yes, storms are frightening; and yes, the enemy will bombard our minds with gloomy thoughts of hopelessness. That’s why it would be a foolish mistake to focus on the storm and miss the beautiful majestic splendor of God’s rainbow:
- God’s Rainbow of Comfort– Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me (Psalm 23-4, AMP).
- God’s Rainbow of Hope– May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peaceas you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NIV).
- God’s Rainbow of Peace– Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27, NIV).
- God’s Rainbow of War– For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, (2 Corinthians 10:4, AMP)
- God’s Rainbow of Rest– Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
It doesn’t matter how challenging things may be, view it with a positive eye of faith, and experience the radiation of God’s Rainbow.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:2, NIV).
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