For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. (James 3:16)
Yes, this is the thought that would readily come to mind each time I see a rainbow.
It is God’s way of reminding me of His sovereign power and atoning grace.
Seeing a rainbow in the sky makes me recall God’s promise to Noah after the great flood.
Noah’s flood story is one of my favorite Sunday school stories. The rainbow that marks God’s promise to never bring flood again makes the story more unforgettable.
Read and realize the assurance that God gives through the rainbow in Genesis 9:8-16.
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 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.
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. ”
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: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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.
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.”
Are you going through difficult and uncertain situations today? Do you see your life leading to uncertainty?
Are you experiencing tremendous trials for standing firm on God’s righteousness? Or maybe despite your faithfulness to God you are in a situation which doesn’t seem to make sense at the moment?
Don’t give up. Focus on your faith on God’s promises. Learn about how you will surrender and obey His will.
Asking God “Why?” and finding reasons for things that are currently affecting you will push you towards resentment.
My friend, when you see your situation as unbearable, look up to the sky, watch out for a rainbow.
When you see one, be reminded of God’s everlasting covenant.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12).
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If there is any place I want to be forever, I want to be in the Lofty Place
While lofty place is a common phrase, I first used it when I wrote the song, “Summer Wind“.
When you want to escape the searing heat and glare of summer the best place to go is somewhere up the mountains where the view is calm and the breeze is cool.
Or perhaps go to a pristine island and just enjoy the serenity of the beach in sunrise or sunset setting.
One can’t help but think about the “loft” of the house, which refers to the floor directly under the roof. Some call it attic.
Loft reminds me of the place where Clark Kent, the main character in the TV series Smallville, stays. He stays in the hayloft of the barn.
Lofty place as used in the song “Summer Wind” points to higher ground where one could find solace and safety.
It is a hideaway, a place of solitude, love, peace and harmony.
It is a place of friendship, where people are faithful and true. The lofty place is where ambitions and ideals are realized. It is a place of consistency, where justice rules and hope abounds.
If the Lofty Place exists, where can one find it?
Yes, the “Lofty Place” exists and you can find it in God.
You can find it by entering the small gate and taking the narrow road, the path that is hard and long, where only a few finds it but it surely leads to life. (Matthew 7:13-14).
Try to look around and you can see that there is so much pain, hunger, poverty, and hatred among the peoples of the world. Wars quell wars and it is being fought both through the military and economic fronts.
There is so much decadence of values and it looks like those who make a stand are ridiculed and isolated.
The reign of hypocrisy and triumph of dishonesty even in the church and religious institutions are so perplexing and de-motivating.
Is it not comforting to know that amidst all these situations there is one and only one place where you can go and be free from the world’s confinements? The place is at the Lofty Place.
Obviously now, the Lofty Place is the dwelling place of God, where you can live in peace infinitely.
It is where you can do your best and do your fullest potential, not for the praise of men but for the glory of God. Most of all, it is a place where true friends live.
Come, let us go to the Lofty Place and find the best motivation and inspiration to live life to its fullest
Hey, don’t get me wrong. This is not death’s premonition nor you need to die a physical death to reach the Lofty Place.
I remember Paul’s exhortation, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Let us go to the Lofty Place now… the Spirit of God shall take us there.