I have set my bow in the clouds
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that [is] upon the earth. –[Gen 9:16 KJV]
It is an interesting time here at Halstruc to look up in the sky. When we do we see a sight that has been a long time coming. Our cranes are up! We are so pleased to have these and blessed to be able to share our faith in the cities where they are erected. Emblazoned on our cranes, alongside our logo is the Romans 8:28 passage of Scripture which encourage us with the knowledge that all things are working together for the good of those who love the LORD and are the called according to His purpose.
Looking at both the Genesis and Romans passages we see a common theme threaded throughout the Old and New Testaments. A promise that God will and does provide. In fact, the word, testament, is synonymous with the word covenant, or promise. In both passages of Scripture, we have two promises or covenants discussed. Isn’t it interesting that God has promises that He makes to all man, both saved believers, and unbelievers alike? To know that God’s love for mankind extends beyond our sinful natures to the beauty and love that He has for all of His creation, and especially us.
In the Genesis passage, God gives us the sign of His rainbow in the sky as a seal of sorts not as a reminder to us that never again will He cause mankind to be destroyed, but as a reminder to Himself of His everlasting covenant. The same could be said for the Romans passage, which offers a conditional promise where all things will work together for good. The sign of this promise fulfilled in us today is the seal of the Holy Spirit on the believer. Notice that this promise is conditional in that it only applies to the believer, as it is directed at those who love the LORD and are the called according to His purpose. In Genesis, God’s promise is sealed with a reminder to Himself, in the Romans passage the promise is sealed in the believer as a reminder to us that nothing happens to us that is not according to His permissive will, and in the final analysis, always for our good.
So what we have is a God that loves us so much that He is willing that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), so that they might experience joy in this life and, more importantly, in the life to come. His grace is upon all man and is sufficient for those who would but call upon His name and be saved (Acts 2:21). Still, some of His promises are only efficient for those who are born again in Christ as the prerequisite for entering into an eternal covenant with Christ and enjoying the benefits that come along with it. Of course, the preeminent gift is knowing Christ for eternity!
Have you entered into a covenant with the One who loves you so much that He sent His son to die for you? If not, you still have so much to be thankful for. God causes the sun to shine on sinner and saint alike. But, every time you look up in the sky and see His rainbow, think about His promises to all mankind, and His promise to you individually. And as you admire the beauty of His creation perhaps the splendor will prick your heart and the Spirit will move you to the confession of your need for Him and His unending love. We would love to lead you to the cross of Christ, and it is our hope that wherever our cranes are erected that they will serve as a beacon to the lost in the areas we work and minister.
If you are interested in learning about more of His promises take a look at these:
Promises of God in the New Testament.
God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). There is no greater blessing than the free gift of God’s salvation.
God promised that all things will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28). This is the broader picture that keeps us from being dismayed by present circumstances.
God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan, and one day we will be able to share the comfort we receive.
God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence.
God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, Israel had the promise of physical blessing, the church today has been promised spiritual blessings “in the heavenly realms.” Our inheritance is reserved for us (1 Peter 1:4).
God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it.
God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). Not that we get everything we want, but our needs will be taken care of. We are more valuable than the birds, and our Heavenly Father feeds them (Matthew 6:26).
Jesus’ promises in the Gospels.
Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30). Burdens are lifted at Calvary.
Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3). From then on, we will be with Him always.
There are many more promises of God that could be listed. All of them find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1:3). “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Now, we wanted to take some time today to brag on how He has blessed Halstruc and show you some shots of our new rigs. In one of the images, you might just see that rainbow we just talked about.
Take a look: