DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 30
COME BACK TO GOD
Leslie M. John
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the 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 9:13-15)
It is delight to see a rainbow in the sky just after a heavy rain. It looks beautiful, attracts our attention, and many times we gaze at it and feel happy that heavy rain receded. The sky looks cool and calm as if it is relieved from a long stressful activity. Some keep rushing as if they fell behind in their activities. It is so pleasant for everyone that normal activities are resumed. Do we ever remember that it is a reminder for God that his wrath was once upon this earth, and he promised that he would not bring down upon mankind that kind wrath again? Yes, God promised and the rainbow is a reminder for him of that promise that he made.
If we read the Scriptures we find that during Noah’s time there was wickedness upon the face of the earth and God’s wrath brought heavy downpour for forty nights and forty days and the entire living creature on the earth was wiped out. Before destroying mankind God gave them ample opportunity to repent and be saved, but only Noah and his family were delivered from the wrath of God.
Noah preached righteousness, and yet none came to repentance and reaped the consequences of disobeying God. After God saw that great devastation and destruction had visited mankind, he promised that he will never destroy mankind with that kind of punishment any more. The Word of God says that God repented for having created mankind.
The rainbow is a reminder for God that man is made of mud and he falls time and again in sin. God destroyed mankind with fire and brimstone in Sodom and Gomorrah during Lot’s period, while during Noah’s period He destroyed man with huge downpour from skies.
“Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven” (Genesis 19:24)
In another case, the inhabitants of whole city of Nineveh, which in God’s sight was wicked, were saved by God, because they repented of their sin and obeyed God. Jonah proclaimed God’s wrath on Nineveh, but when he saw that the inhabitants of Nineveh were saved he was upset. Then, God showed to Jonah as to how compassionate he was on those, who repented of their sins.
“And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11)
In spite of chastisement by God, man never became perfect. He rather grew from bad to worse. It is the constant belief in God and faith in God that sustains a believer and keeps him triumphant over Satan and his cunning devices. But, many a time, man falls into sin in his daily life.
It is with the reason of saving every man from eternal fire that God sent his one and only begotten son into this world, so that the Son of God may bear the sin of mankind, and die upon the cross. God made provision for sinner to repent of his sin, and accept his one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as personal savior.
The gift of salvation is free for everyone and anyone can this free gift by confessing one’s sins to God and accepts Jesus as one’s personal savior.