Friday, January 11, 2013
Today’s Topic: The Bow Covers You
Today’s Text: Genesis 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud.
As many of you know, I’m an avid hunter of deer using a bow. I’m not the best bowhunter, but I love being in the woods. I have a good understanding of deer and I know how to use the bow to harvest them.
One thing I know is that I always want to be on the right side of the bow. I always want it curving towards me and not away from me. When the bow is curving away from me, I am in danger. When the bow curves towards me I am on the safe side and the danger is minimized.
There is a great analogy to life in this simple illustration. It is found in God’s design of the bow – the rainbow. In your mind’s eye you can visualize it right now. Maybe you are even blessed enough to be seeing a double one. Now notice, which way does the curve bend? Towards us, right? We are on the safe side of the bow. Most certainly there are clouds of trouble have invaded your life, but every cloud holds the promise of the bow – a promise of God’s safety and protection. The bow is not aimed
at you, but as an umbrella it covers you.
This morning as I read my daily promise devotional from Charles Spurgeon in his classic book “Faith’s Checkbook,” I discovered this simple yet profound truth.
Just now clouds are plentiful enough, but we are not afraid that the world will be destroyed by a deluge. We see the rainbow often enough to prevent our having any such fears. The covenant which the Lord made with Noah stands fast, and we have no doubts about it. Why, then, should we think that the clouds of trouble, which now darken our sky, will end in our destruction? Let us dismiss such groundless and dishonoring fears. Faith always sees the bow of covenant promise whenever sense sees the cloud of affliction. God has a bow with which He might shoot out His arrows of destruction. But see, it is turned upward! It is a bow without an arrow or a string; it is a bow hung out for show, no longer used for war. It is a bow of many colors, expressing joy and delight, and not a bow blood-red with slaughter or black with anger. Let us be of good courage. Never does God so darken our sky as to leave His covenant without a witness, and even if He did, we would trust Him since He cannot change or lie or in any other way fail to keep His covenant of peace. Until the waters go over the earth again, we shall have no reason for doubting our God.
So if today it appears that you are being hunted, and that you are on the wrong side of the bow, remember God’s promise. The clouds that hunt you are God’s delivery system of His promises, and you are on the right side of His rainbow of blessing and protection.