Beautiful Rainbows, Bountiful Promises

When we used to live in Colorado at 6500 feet above sea level, we would have tremendous thunder and lightning storms. The thunder was unbelievably loud. The lightning was incredibly bright. The entire, dark sky was filled with sound and light.

After those storms, we often had rainbows which were vividly striking in color. Sometimes there were double or even triple rainbows stretching from horizon to horizon. Now we live close to the desert in Southern California. We rarely get rain let alone rainbows.

However, it happened this week. We had a few days of rain and driving to work I saw a rainbow. It was faint, not striking like the Colorado rainbows, but it was there. It made my day just a little bit brighter.

You all know the account in Genesis 9 where, after the flood, God makes a covenant promise never to destroy the earth again by water. The rainbow is the sign of that covenant promise. When our children were young, we used those Colorado rainbows as “teachable moments” to talk to them about the promises of God.

This season of Advent is all about promises—the bountiful promises of the grace of God. Like God’s old covenant people, it is for us a time of preparation and expectation. However, unlike His old covenant people, we know that many promises have already been fulfilled in Jesus. For that fulfillment we give God our gratitude and praise.

Still, the promises of grace are not finished. In the moment, we anticipate the celebration of the miracle of the incarnation. But we also live in expectation because we know that more bountiful promises of grace await us at the consummation when Jesus will make all things new. What a day that will be!

We live in a kind of “in-between” time. We have seen promises fulfilled in the past. We are experiencing promises being fulfilled in our lives now. We will see more promises fulfilled in the future. For all of these promises, which come to us through God’s grace in Christ, we say “Halleluiah!”

This is why there is glory in the grind.

What promises help you to see that glory?

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About Dr. John H. Harbison

Son of God, Husband, Father, Author of "Keeping Christ in Ministry,"Vice-President for Academic Affairs, College Pastor, Runner, Writer
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