God’s Bow vs. Man’s Bow

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I’m one of those people who love thunderstorms. To me, they are peaceful, even with the lightning flashing and the thunder reverberating across the sky.

There’s nothing quite like a mountain thunderstorm, where layers of mist take turns hiding in every little hollow and cove to be found and where the thunder rumbles across the valley and then echoes against the mountain sides.

But the best thing about a thunderstorm is what happens after it’s over. The rainbow appears. The rainbow that is so big that it can’t be photographed. The rainbow that is so beautiful that no photograph could ever do it justice. The rainbow that is so bright that its colors elude every picture.

But the rainbow is so much more than big and beautiful and bright. It’s a promise. A promise from God.

“I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world.” Genesis 9:13.

The rainbow is a symbol of the promise God made that He would never again destroy the earth with water. Many translations of the Bible simply use the word “bow” instead of “rainbow.” The bow, of course, is an instrument of war. I find it interesting that when man displays his bow, his intentions are war, but when God displays His bow, His intentions are to bring peace and mercy.

Everything God does is for the ultimate goal of bringing us peace. Peace in our families and relationships, peace in our everyday lives, peace in the midst of a world of turmoil. But most of all, peace with Him through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.

Do you need peace? Ask Christ to forgive you and give Him your life today. Then, no matter how loud the thunderstorms of your life are, you will still be at peace.

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