Romans 12:2, “Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.”
It is sad that satan has gotten his hands so deep into this world that we are beginning to forget the Biblical significance of many things. It seems even Christians are conforming more to the ideals of this world, so everyone feels embraced, heard, and loved even if it's not what the Bible tells us is right. One of the first things that comes to my mind is how quickly over the last few years our country has removed God. No longer does any government building hang the 10 Commandments, no longer can we openly pray and talk or teach about God in public schools. No longer is there privacy in public bathrooms respecting genders, and we are now expected to accept all forms of identities in people, including the latest, cats or fur people. I'm not here to get into any debates or throw my opinions around, I'm simply stating facts that have grown into today's culture and for any Bible believing Christian these facts should be alarming us, not expecting us to conform to them.
That being said, today I want to talk about another thing this world has decided to change the meaning of to fit today's culture. For what it stands for Biblically, and what the world has said it now represents, completely takes God out of the equation. This is what the devil wants and for many he has succeeded. Let's not give him anymore fuel and refresh ourselves as Christians of the goodness of God and why He created such a beautiful symbol in the sky.
If you haven't guessed already, I am talking about the rainbow. Given as a promise and a sign of God's love for us. The awesome thing about God is that there is nothing on this earth that He created that doesn't have meaning that points back to Him. Now the vibrant colors of the rainbow are not just colors but have meaning behind them that we'll explore in a few minutes.
Let me first ask you a very easy question. What is the promise of the rainbow? We have been taught as we read Genesis 9:13-17 that it's a promise to this world. After the flood, God made a promise to Noah and his family and all the generations to come that He would never destroy the earth with a flood of water again. To this day, if we're lucky we can still find that promise in the sky after rainstorms. I feel so blessed when I see a rainbow in the sky and look at them in unexplainable awe, hoping to see all the colors. They're beautiful and draw the eyes of the beholder heavenward. That is God's handiwork each time.
In Revelation 4:2-3 we again read about the rainbow in John's vision, but this time it's encircled around God's throne. Once again this is showing God's promise to His people and His love for every believer. The rainbow around the throne is God's testimony, ‘For God so love the world He sent His son to die in our place for our sins’. The promise that God will never forsake His people and their struggle over evil, as long as the throne endures.
We only see the bow of the rainbow now but when Jesus returns the rainbow will be a full circle around the throne telling the world, salvation is complete, mercy and justice have been dealt and we are redeemed.
The rainbow is a promise of assurance to every humble, contrite heart, that we are one with Christ who is one with God. And, although we are unworthy of God's mercy, when we come to the Lord confessing our sinful selves, Jesus pleads on our behalf and God's mercy is given. A promise given through a rainbow.
Yet the world has taken God's majestic rainbow used to communicate the glory of God and His goodness and have turned it into a symbol to boast their sinful ways. My daughter loves rainbows and if she could, would find ways to display them, she even thought it'd be cool to have it on her sunroof on the car, but because of the “worlds” view of it she would be misjudged on why she displays the rainbow and what she is in “support” of. This makes my heart sad, and I am positive the Lord's too because of the way mankind is failing, but I know one day the Lord will return and the rainbow will once again be reserved for God's glory, when He makes things all new.
As Christians all we can do is share the truth of God’s Word and not join in with the world's views and ideals. We also can't sit back and keep silent, if the opportunity presents itself, we need to speak up and keep God in the world and stop letting Him be taken out.
Below I want to briefly go over the colors God purposely handpicked for the rainbow and how they represent Him, not the world, so when we see those colors in the sky we can think of Him.
Red: The blood of Christ shed for us. Though we are made scarlet with sin, Christ’s blood purifies us and makes us wholly and pure again. Hebrews 9:13-14
Orange: Fire of God, deliverance, and praise from on high. Through trials, we can become purified through Christ’s fire and be delivered and made new. 2 Thessalonians 1:8
Yellow/Gold: The color of the sun. God our source of life. Gold is a precious metal, high in value, and sought after. God's love is highly precious, valuable, and sought after. John 1:4
Green: Eternal life, new growth, renewal. Think about springtime, a new season of greening and growth and in that time, we celebrate Jesus and His resurrection. Green tells us of God's bountiful blessings. Genesis 1:11
Blue: This represents Heaven- Exodus 24:10 and the healing power of God. Also blue is a constant color in the sky, a constant reminder of heaven. It's interesting and not a coincidence that we look up to see the sky in the same manner we look up to the heavens to speak to God. John 6:33
Purple: This color represents royalty, mostly because in Bible times it was an expensive dye. Revelation 19:16 purple describes Jesus as the King of Kings. Exodus 27:16
Indigo: God's protection. Psalm 147:8
While there are various ideas of the colors of the rainbow and their meanings. The rainbow is still a beautiful, mysterious masterpiece. Nothing in nature excites us more than spotting a full rainbow or even a double one across the sky, and when we truly understand the meaning behind each rainbow it can become more fascinating. The best part, when we are in doubt or maybe struggling through something, God flashes us a rainbow so we can be assured of the promise, the love, the mercy and grace He gives us.
It has been said that no two people see the rainbow the same way. So, each rainbow you see is truly unique to you. Next time you see a rainbow, pause, and take it in. Let the beauty and creativity fill you with joy as you remember who our Creator is and what He's done for you.
The best way to learn about God, grow with God in your life, trust Him and His promises is to spend time with Him. Pray with Him, talk to Him, and take time to study His Word. It is is the pages we can find out who Jesus is and know God keeps His promises. Today let's continue our study on letting God lead in our lives. Today we will learn more about God's plans for us and how we can be confident in letting Him lead in our lives.
Study 2- God's got a plan- https://www.docdroid.net/vQgWKPS/chapter-2-docx
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