When a rainbow appears after rain, it can have as many as 100 colors. The rainbow’s uniqueness causes many groups to use it as a symbol of their purpose. Yet God gave the rainbow as a sign that He would never again destroy all humans with a flood. It teaches us that God keeps every promise He makes. The Bible has many examples of how God kept His word. In the days of King Josiah, the priest found a long lost scroll that contained the covenant God made with ancient Israel. The scroll revealed that the nation was on the verge of severe judgment because the people had violated God’s covenant. When King Josiah realized their predicament, he humbled himself and repented of the nation’s sins. Then he sent the priest to inquire of God if judgment was imminent. The prophet consulted with God and sent these words to the King, found in 2 Chronicles 34: “This is what the Lord says: ‘I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the curses written in the scroll that was read to the king of Judah will come true… My anger will be poured out on this place, and it will not be quenched.’” But God knew that Josiah had humbled himself and prayed for forgiveness, so God added, “I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace.” God kept His word and delayed judgment because one man humbled himself and repented. Josiah died prematurely, but he did not see the disaster God sent on the land. God kept His word. The rainbow reminds us that God is the same God today.
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