Look for the Rainbow
The disastrous floods that have ravaged the Midwest recently remind us of the catastrophic deluge that God once used to destroy the earth in the days of Noah.
When surveying the destruction caused by the mighty Mississippi it is not hard to understand how all life was wiped away on earth as the water surged from the underground tributaries as well as the sky above (Genesis 7:11) and covered the entire world with literally a "mountain" of water for five months (Genesis 7:19-24)! Even though the government is offering help to deal with today's crisis, it cannot offer the three things that only God can give these people:
- Only God can reassure them that despite their loss in material things, their spiritual treasures are safe with Him (Luke 12:33).
- Only God can provide the kind of strength that will not only see them through the ordeal but see them through with joy rather than bitterness and despair (James 1:2-4).
- Only God controls how and when the end of the world will come, not man (Genesis 7:11; II Peter 3:5-10).
The suffering that these people are going through is great but like all times of difficulty, there will be a rainbow in the sky to signal that God puts a limit on suffering (even for unbelievers) and provides hope beyond suffering for those who trust in Him. Look for the rainbow!