As children we made promises to our friends about different things. Throughout the years we no doubt have promised to do things, and whether or not we have kept those promises is only for us to know. Mama always said, “Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken.”
I was reading in Genesis recently about Noah and the flood. God made a promise to Noah and to all of us that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He not only said that orally but He backed up His promise with a sign, or a bow in the sky as the Bible says.
I remember standing on the hillside outside mother’s house during the 1990 flood of Elba, Alabama. I watched the water surrounding her house and across the street as far as the eye could see. It was rolling like a mighty river toward town. The sound I shall never forget. For a moment I was frightened. Where would we go if the water kept rising? I tried to think of the highest place even outside of the small town of Elba, and then I remembered God’s promise.
“And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9-11)
It is a beautiful promise of God and please read on through verse 17. God made a promise to Noah and all of us and he sealed that promise with a beautiful bow (rainbow). He said He would look upon the bow and remember the everlasting covenant (promise) between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
How beautiful is that? How beautiful is the rainbow we see in the clouds and always marvel at its beauty? How beautiful is it to know that it is evidence of a living God who made the promise to all of us. That is a promise He has never broken nor will it ever be broken. We can believe the promises of God about the rainbow, salvation, and eternity. His promises are not like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken. We can indeed stand on the promises of God.