Sets the Bow
"And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow
shall be seen in the cloud." (Genesis 9:14)
Just now clouds are plentiful enough, but we are not afraid that the world will be
destroyed by a deluge. We see the rainbow often enough to pre- vent our having any such
fears. The covenant which the Lord made with Noah stands fast, and we have no doubts about
it. Why, then, should we think that the clouds of trouble, which now darken our sky, will
end in our destruction? Let us dismiss such groundless and dishonoring fears.
Faith always sees the bow of covenant promise whenever sense sees the cloud of affliction.
God has a bow with which He might shoot out His arrows of destruction. But see, it is
turned upward! It is a bow without an arrow or a string; it is a bow hung out for show, no
longer used for war. It is a bow of many colors, expressing joy and delight, and not a bow
blood-red with slaughter or black with anger. Let us be of good courage. Never does God so
darken our sky as to leave His covenant without a witness, and even if He did, we would
trust Him since He cannot change or lie or in any other way fail to keep His covenant of
peace. Until the waters go over the earth again, we shall have no reason for doubting our