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Our Father's Rich Mercy


I took this panoramic shot recently while on a date night with Carolanne. The photo doesn't do justice to the color and grandeur of it. It was an amazing reminder to us of our Father's love for us.

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.”

- Genesis 9:12-16 (NIV)

Scripture tells us that the rainbow is to be a reminder for us of God's restraint. Often I look around at the destruction and evil in our world today and wish for Jesus to return and "fix" everything. However I also have to remember that if He had not shown restraint at the flood, or during countless other evil periods since that time, I would not be here to rejoice in his mercy today. Only He knows what lives will be changed forever tomorrow because of His restraint today.

With The Life Project we see somewhere around 1000 people each month who make decisions to be reconciled to God. That's an incredible number of people who will rejoice with me at His restraint and patience this month. Praise the Lord for His mercy and pray with me for these lives that are changed.

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Published Tue, Jul 19, 2016 in: thots & ponderings rainbow beauty mercy restraint
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