“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
The Lenten season is supposed to be a time of solemn reflection on the human condition.
Yesterday; Ash Wednesday; reminded us that human life is fragile…for dust we are, and to dust we shall return.
But the human condition is not just fragile…it is marked by depravity.
So much so that during Noah’s time, human corruption and violence had become so rampant that God was said to have regretted that He created man at all.
Yet, in the midst of this gloom we see hope shining through…Noah looked up and saw against the gray clouds a rainbow emerging.
That rainbow was essentially a promise that no matter how dark our sin is, God will always turn His face towards us.
And that is the promise we count on everyday when we wake up.
The assurance that no matter what we have done the night before, Jesus has died in that darkness in order that we will be saved.
Lord, help me to share your sorrow and grief at my sin. During this season, grant me the courage to look honestly at the ugliness of my sin, so that I will see clearly the brilliance of your glorious promise and your saving grace upon me through Christ Jesus…Amen.