Probably just about everybody has seen one. They're very common-place, and, as far as I know, can be seen just about anywhere in the world. Some are more complete in their development, but they're all beautiful. Conditions have to be just right, but it's the conditions that make them such wonderful reminders.
What am I talking about? Why, about the "rainbow," God's promise to Noah and every generation since that he will never again destroy the earth with water...not ever! "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." (Genesis 9:16) The rainbow is a testimony of God's faithfulness to mankind. Every time we see one of these gorgeous divine symbols in the sky, we are assured again that God is true to his word. Not some of the time, but all the time. What he has said he will do, we need have no fear it will not come to pass.
God's faithfulness is one of the most consistent messages in scripture. Over and over we're reminded that he keeps his promises. Here are just two references:
1. God promised that Abraham's wife, Sarah, would have a son, even though she was well beyond child-bearing age: "Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised." (Gen. 21:1)
2. David said that trusting in the Lord is natural for those who know him: "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." (Psalm 9:10)
There is disagreement about whether or not the rainbow had ever appeared before Noah's time. It really doesn't matter, I suppose. Neither is it vital that we understand the atmospheric conditions which cause this beautiful phenomenon. The faith of those who believe in God is confirmed and should be strengthened by taking note of it. Those who are unimpressed by its beauty fail to recognize the greatness of the creator of the universe in all its glory!
Have you wondered about the promises of God to you?
Do you question as to why he hasn't come through yet? Do you fear that he may have forgotten you? I suspect this happens more often among Christians than we may realize. If it affects you in this way, allow yourself to be by the apostle Peter: "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Pet. 3:9)
God has never failed us, and won't start now. Remember that the next time you see a rainbow in the sky.