Gen 9:16 "The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
Rainbows are cool. It seems like whenever it rains and then the bright sun comes out and a rainbow forms, everyone says: "Look…there's a rainbow." I know we go rushing outside and grab our cameras and take pictures. It is great when it is real bright and you can see it from one end to the other. One of the coolest things to see is a double rainbow.
God loves rainbows too. Why? Because it is a reminder. It is a reminder of His everlasting covenant that He made between Himself and humans and all living creatures that He will never destroy the earth and all that is on it with a flood ever again. I think that the cool thing in this verse is the part that says:
"I will look on it to remember…". Now does God forget His promises? Does it rain and then a rainbow forms and God looks down and says: "Oh yeah, I won't do that again…I almost forgot."? No. What remember means is to "be thought of" or "to mention" or "to make a record". God didn't make rainbows for Him…God made rainbows to create an altar. To make something that allows all of us to know that He is a God who keeps His promises.
The thing that blows me away is that God looks on rainbows. He sees what is going on down here. And He brings to His mind what He did in the past and that He will never do it again. God looks at the earth. He looks at us. He thinks about us. This is wild. The God of all creation, the God of all of the immense galaxies that are out there, the God who literally created countless number of stars and planets and who knows what else, looks at the earth. Looks at us people and remembers His promise to us. Some think that we are not unique. Some think that there is life somewhere else, not just on this earth. I don't think so. I believe that "in the beginning God created the heavens (and all that it contains) and the earth. He singled out this place for His love. And He created humans in His image. There is no other created thing that God made that is like us. We are unique. And He looks at us and cares about us and makes His promises for us. Unreal…but true.
Weird how some in our society are using rainbows to represent other things…probably some of the things that caused God to destroy the earth to begin with.
Thank God that He looks at rainbows and remembers mercy.