Where do you get your joy? Your foundation for strength? Your impetus? I get mine from knowing that Jesus is coming soon!
(10) The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
We trust in the name of Jesus for salvation. We trust in His promise that He is coming back. In fact, all of history gives us perspective on God and His plan for His children. The strong tower in which we trust is based upon what He has done and what He has told us will happen soon. Let’s take a look at the covenants that God has made with certain people throughout history:
God’s covenant with Noah-
9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Let’s look closely at this covenant:
- It’s with all mankind and all living creatures. Not really understanding from where the waters came caused fear that it may happen again. God promised that it wouldn’t. Knowing what we know now, we understand why God would make such a promise. There was a hydroplate below the landmass of what is called Pangea. God pierced the hydroplate with His “finger” causing air to hit superheated water. The ensuing expansion of the superheated water split the earth beginning somewhere around Caesarea Philippi, heading down into the Indian Ocean and then splitting to go east, turning up the coast of the Americas, coming around Alaska, and heading back down the Asian coast to meet itself near New Zealand, and west, turning up the Atlantic and going all the way to near the north pole. Once this water quit expanding and everything cooled off, the broken land masses settled down into their current positions. This spectacular occurrence CANNOT happen again geologically.
- The rainbow, which is an article from God’s very throne (see Rev. 4:3), was placed in the sky when storm clouds gather. This phenomenon happened with the clouds, which showed up because of the flood, as light was refracted through them. There were no rainbows before the Flood because there were no storms.
- God’s sign is unalterable until He brings forth the New Jerusalem and the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22). How that Day comes about is still a mystery, but we do have some clues given in 2 Peter: 10-13,
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat [possibly from the heat of His gaze]. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Whether it is a complete meltdown, which would usher in the new heavens and the new earth, or a restoring of earth to its former glory, which would usher in the Millennium and Christ’s physical reign in Jerusalem, we don’t know. All we know is that God has a plan and we can run to the stronghold of this Plan and be safe. “Don’t worry; be happy (in Jesus).”
Tomorrow, we will look at God’s covenant with Abraham and how it is still in effect today. In the meantime, let’s take great comfort in God’s providence concerning our world and our future.
Abba, I love reading about Your interaction with people. I love the way You interact with me. Thank You for providing a way for us to be close. My heart goes out to those of the OT who couldn’t know You like I know You. I envy those of the NT who got to walk with You when You were on earth. I hurt for those who don’t know you now, especially those who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge You. Speak to their hearts, O God. They are deceived. Reveal TRUTH to them in dreams and visions. May they give their hearts and lives to You even as I have done. May it be soon because You are coming soon. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Amen.