Evening, August 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The bow will be seen in the cloud.” — Genesis 9:14
The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah, is a picture of our Lord Jesus, who is the Lord’s confirmation to his people. When may we expect to see the symbol of the covenant? The rainbow is only seen painted upon a cloud. When the sinner’s conscience is dark with clouds, when he remembers his past sin, and grieves and cries out before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant Rainbow, displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and portending peace. To the believer, when his trials and temptations surround him, it is pleasing to envision the person of our Lord Jesus Christ–to see him bleeding, living, rising, and entreating for us. God’s rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins, our sorrows, and our afflictions, to prophesy deliverance.
A cloud alone does not give a rainbow, there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun. So, our sorrows must not only threaten, but they must really fall upon us. There was no need of Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud; punishment must fall in terrible drops, upon the One who secured us by taking our place. Until there is real anguish in the sinner’s conscience, Christ is not there for him; until the punishment which he feels becomes grievous, he cannot see Jesus. But there must also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain do not make rainbows unless the sun shines. Beloved, our God, who is as the sun to us, always shines, but we do not always see him–clouds hide his face; but no matter what drops may be falling, or what clouds may be threatening, if only he shines there will be a rainbow at once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. It is certain that when Christ comes, our troubles fall away; when we behold Jesus, our sins vanish, and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea, how overwhelming the calm!