10th January 2014

Unmerited Favour 

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesis 6:8 (NKJV)

Recently I saw the most spectacular rainbow. The sky was crisp, clear and blue, and the rainbow was a perfect arc as it rose and descended in the distance.

Did you know that often behind a rainbow is the faint image of other rainbows? Sometimes it’s possible to see a second one. Scientists tell us that at least three could form behind the primary arc. Observing four is rare. That is why there is a lot of excitement among the scientific community whenever a quadruple rainbow occurs.

In the Bible the rainbow has an interesting history. It is given as a sign of God’s grace. There was a flood, which more or less wiped everything and everyone out. One man, however, Noah, “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8 NKJ). Grace is unmerited favour and forgiveness. At times of fear and destruction we have hope in our gracious God. 

Grace is central to the message of Christ, who is described as being “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). It is what the gospel is all about. All of us had grace poured out on us when Jesus died on the cross. We receive salvation, not because of anything we have done, but because of God’s great purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9). We are all recipients of God’s favour and love.

Next time you see a rainbow remember that, like Noah, you have found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Almighty Father, thank you that, whenever we see a rainbow, we can be reminded of your grace. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


ancientbibleAbout the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  On the 11th January James is speaking in our Watford congregation at 11 am.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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