One of the most endearing traits of our omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God, is his willingness to love us–even though he knows we are frail and sinful beings. God said after the flood,
“Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.”
God knew what he destroyed was absolutely necessary–but, He also knew that men would reemerge and their hearts would be filled with sinful desire again. Despite that, God loved his creation and made a covenant that we get to enjoy each time it rains–the rainbow. Through the years, God’s covenant mark has been used to represent many things, causes and people, but, it is the very first covenant God made with the people of the world.
What’s more, it was not a bilateral covenant–he did not say, “Men, if you do this, I promise I won’t destroy the world by flood!” Instead, God’s covenant was solely based on his love for his people, and his desire to restore what sin had destroyed–a personal relationship between God and men.
God has made several covenants with men through the ages. With great joy, we can report–despite men’s inability to keep their word; God always keeps his. As we go through life, we make countless promises to do this or not do that before God. Invariably, we fail. Conversely, God demonstrates his love for us, in that while we are yet sinners–Christ paid the price for that sin, by giving his life! (Romans 5:8) God’s promises are unconditional and his love is unshakable–So, to quote the western poet, “Come Hell or High Water–God will keep his word to us”
God Bless You
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”