God’s Word Is Bond

“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the (rain)bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Genesis 9:14-15

I have made many promises in my life, and while I would like to say my percentage of promises kept is close to 100, that would not accurately portray the many times I have failed in the promise department. Although I strive to keep my word, I do not always keep the things in which I have promised. 

I recall being newly married and promising my new bride not to make her cry. If you know Rebekah, it is a tough thing not to do as she is a very empathic person and tears flow like the Colorado River. I was thinking I could not prevent her from crying in all things, but I did not want to be the source of her tears. I thought I would get rather far in this my endeavor, but I once again underestimated myself. 

We arrived in Las Vegas for our honeymoon around 10:00pm and the place was still bustling as if it was early evening. We checked into our room and decided to wander around and capture some pictures of the blinking Vegas nightlife. We were enamored with the sights and sounds of Vegas when I saw something that caught my eye and decided to take a picture. I asked Rebekah for the camera (which, in those days, was a separate device from our phone) and she didn’t have it. She thought I had it and I thought she had it, and I was not happy that our brand new camera was lost.

We went looking through the casino and the more we looked, the more upset I became. I was not happy with Rebekah, and I said things that were unkind. Rebekah became upset with me and her angry and hurt tears started to flow like a monsoon shower. I realized I had gone too far and my heart sank. My promise to not be the source of her tears did not make it past the 48-hour mark. Since then, I strive to do better in the promise department, but I do still fail from time to time. 

I am grateful for a God who keeps every promise He makes. He promised to never again flood the earth and He has kept the promise to this day. I have always loved the rainbow after the rain and how pretty it looks in the sky. It is a reminder of God’s promise to all living creatures, and a testament to His goodness. God’s promises are plenty and He has never broken a promise nor is He able to do so. II Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God is long suffering toward us, and not short tempered as I was on my honeymoon. 

Are you trusting in God’s promises? Do you listen to the whispers of the Devil or rest in the promises of God? Are you thankful for the promises of God? Do you know you can trust the promises of God as He is a God that cannot lie? May we find our stability in the promises of God and may we always thank Him for His glorious promises. May we not wait for an Arizona rainbow to be reminded of God’s goodness and may His praise be on our lips always. 

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