Archive for December, 2009

Symbols of Trust: Rainbow

December 27, 2009

How do I know I can trust God? Because it rains. Before Noah, it never rained. After that first storm I bet Noah and Co. became a bit skittish with every gathering cloud. But our Lord placed a marker in the sky, a rainbow.

Science can tell you the how but not the why. And these signs from God are for those who are looking, not for the skeptics. You wont win over a one who doesn’t fear God with a rainbow – it’s a covenant sign for covenant people. The rainbow is for people of faith to be reminded that God has kept his promises, ever since the first rainfall.

The rainbow is God’s promise to His people. It is an archer’s bow bent and aimed at the heavens. God placed a loaded gun aimed at Himself if he fails to keep His promise. We can trust Jesus because He has been in the trusting business for millenniums. And just to remind us at the end of every storm there is a glimmer in the heavens of His promises. Has God made promises to you? Has God spoken of the coming Messiah – He came in swaddling clothes and will return with robes of righteousness riding those very storm clouds to deliver you again.

You can trust your God. But the sign of trust comes after the storm passes. The rainbow doesn’t appear until the end of the storm, not before the lightning and thunder. But you know with every gathering storm that all storms before ended with a rainbow, so fear not, God will protect you in the storm. The first symbol of trust on our 12 days of Christmas – the rainbow, for God has been keeping promises from the beginning of time.

12 Days of Christmas

December 26, 2009

During the holiday season from Christmas Day to Epiphany (the  12 days of Christmas) I would like to explore some object lessons of faith from the Scriptures. Often it seems the blood of passover bleeds onto the Nativity. By that I mean we evangelicals tend to see the salvation of our Lord primarily through the work of the cross, and the swaddled child and the three years of public service take a back seat to the passion week.

But I believe we are to trust Jesus for more than our eternal after-life. Truly our eternal life begins the moment we trust in Him on our earthly walk. So in the next few days we shall explore the symbols of faith, the life of trusting God to be our glorious redeemer in this life, now. For the Israelites in Egypt, the Exodus was not a metaphor. It was a miraculous deliverance from physical bondage. Our salvation is greater than “Getting out of hell” – it is finding healing, liberation, and sanctification in our lives on earth as well as in heaven. So let us rejoice in the Lord’s birth, the salvation He brings and the deliverance from evil we encounter on our earthly pilgrimage.

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