Tag Archives: Genesis

16 Jul

Promises Kept

The story of the rainbow is such an uplifting account. The rainbow is mentioned four times in the Bible. In all of these references, there is a promise involved.

In Genesis chapter 8, after the flood has ended and Noah and his family are on dry land, Noah builds an altar and offers burnt offerings to God, “and the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and the Lord said in His heart, ‘I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; neither will I again smite any more every living thing.’”(Gen 8:21) Here we see the tenderness of God toward man and His creation. God establishes a covenant with Noah in which He promises: “Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Gen 9:11) As a seal of the covenant, God promises: “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.” (Gen 9:13)

The other three references to the rainbow: Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, and Revelation 10:1 refer to happenings after the rapture of the Church. In these three references, the rainbow functions as a reminder that God keeps His promises. Just as God restored the earth in Genesis, in Revelation, He promises a new heaven and a new earth.

A rainbow occurs when the sun shines through the rain. I like to think that there are personal rainbows which come when the SON shines through the rain in our lives and creates a rainbow in the heart. Take time to think on all the promises our God has kept and those He will continue to keep. Our Father, thank you for the rainbows, rainbows, rainbows!

26 May

Life’s Wages

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty score.

For Life is a just employer;
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.

-Jessie B. Rittenhouse

When some material item is sold for a price less than it is worth, that brings joy to the buyer, but for the seller it is a loss. Sadly, the Bible gives several examples of individuals who bargained precious, priceless things for a worthless exchange. Beginning in Genesis, we see that Adam and Eve bargained paradise for the taste of a forbidden fruit because, “It was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to . . . make one wise” (Gen 3:6). The wage for this disobedience was the fall of all mankind. What a price!

Also, Sampson bargained his great strength for the lust of a woman. His loss of strength and his death were a poor wage for what he could have achieved for God.

Judas bargained the high calling of being Christ’s disciple for thirty pieces of silver. His wage was a lasting reputation of a traitor who took his own life.

We cannot put a value on life; it is too precious. It is a gift of God. Giving a life to God for His use is far better than bargaining a life for worthless things.

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”
-C.T. Studd

12 May

In His Time

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

This Chapter and verse has always been one of my favorites. I love all seasons and I used to love wintertime the most, when I was a youngster. Everything looked so clean and the air, when I filled my lungs, made me feel refreshed. I enjoyed playing in the snow with all my friends; making snowmen, having snowball fights as we crouched behind our snow forts, and, of course, sledding down the hills.

As I grew older and became an adult, married and had children of my own, I still took some walks in the snow, but the cold was not as pleasant to my body. It was fun watching our children play though and I especially liked it when the bare limbs of trees and shrubbery would be covered with ice. The sun would shine off them like fine glass sculptures; So “Beautiful!”

“And God saw every thing that he had made and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

God creates so much beauty for us. We are all going through a trying time now and at times, even though we are not to, we want to ask “why,” because it is difficult to accept the sickness and many deaths around us. I know my husband and I have been reading the Bible and praying more than we ever have and we have faith and trust that God has a plan for His people. We are not to be afraid or terrified, because we know (Deuteronomy 31:6) “He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

None of us can truly understand or know God’s plan, but we must not give up or give in. Have Faith in HIM, trust HIM to do what is best for HIS people. “Everything” will work out “in HIS time” so enjoy his works and creations even in this time of trouble.

If you open your window and listen closely you will hear the wonderful sounds of the birds, such a happy sound. And the air, especially after a rain, still smells fresh and “beautiful.”

Keep HIS love in your heart and trust HIM to do what is best for all of us…”In HIS time….” Our life on earth is but a short time and it is rather difficult to comprehend eternity, but I trust my Heavenly Father and Jesus and I know HE is the Alpha and Omega. The Holy Spirit is always with me and I am so grateful to be one of HIS children.

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