If you’ve been a Christian any length of time, you should have events in your life where you know God answered prayer or moved in an amazing way. The way I was called into ministry is just such a series of events where God left no doubt in my mind that He was in complete control of my life. These are your rainbows. Rainbows like this:
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” – Genesis 9:12-17,ESV
God gave the rainbow to Noah as a reminder that He would never destroy the earth in this manner again. He gave the rainbow not for His benefit, but for ours. Throughout Israel’s history, God would often tell His people to set up some reminder to what He had done. In those cases He would tell the people to tell the stories of God’s faithfulness and power to their children and their children’s children. The point being that it was up to that generation to instruct future generations that they could trust God. If the lessons were properly taught and properly accepted and learned, then those generations would hopefully remain faithful to God. That was the reason God wanted the people to set up the reminders.
In our Christian walk, there should be similar events we can look to as reminders of God’s faithfulness and power. In times when we may not see God moving, or in times when we have strayed away from God and we know that our sin condemns us, those previous times can remind us of God’s mighty power and also of His great adherence to His promises, including His promise to forgive. While we have these kinds of events in the Bible, often the ones that we experience personally have greater impact on us and are ones we can recall more easily. And as a result, when we’re having a tough time, they are the ones most likely to come to mind. The thing of it is that they may be even easier to recall if we purposely think about them and store them away as our rainbows, as our own personal testimony to God’s faithfulness and love.
So what are your rainbows? What are those events in your own life where you can say, “God was with me?” If you’ve never intentionally taken the time to consider God’s hand in your life, and how He brought you through or how He came through, take a few moments today to do just that. Remember the events as they were that day. Remember what you were facing and how you felt. And then remember how God delivered and how it changed everything. Store those away in your head and in your heart so that the Holy Spirit can bring them back up to you when you need them. Remember your rainbows, for they are there to point you back to God at times when you are distracted. They will help you be more faithful, more trusting, and ultimately more in love with the Savior.