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And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9:14~16)
People Who Follow a Mirage
If we simply believe and accept the Word of God as we live our spiritual lives, it would be so blessed. But as we live with our thoughts, this does not happen. God gave people the ability to think. Satan has put in us thoughts that are different from God’s thoughts and God’s Word, which often cause our heart to flow in a direction opposite of God no matter how clear the promise of God. For example, God promised Abraham, “I will give you children like the stars of the sky and like the sands of the sea.” But Abraham and his wife continued to age, and Sarah aged far beyond her childbearing years. Since having a child became humanly impossible, Abraham began to think, “Will I not have a son? I probably won’t,” and his thoughts began to differ from the Word of God. When they see a mirage, people who travel through the desert ask their guides, “That’s a mirage, isn’t it? We shouldn’t go there, should we?” The guide then answers, “Yes. That is definitely a mirage. You should not follow after a mirage.” But after walking for a long while, they become exhausted, and if there is no oasis, although they know it is a mirage, they begin to think, “Maybe that really is an oasis. Maybe the guide is leading us in the wrong direction.” Then they ask the guide again, “I know I should not be saying this, but that is a mirage, right? But what if it really is an oasis? Guide, you are capable of mistakes, too.” This is how their hearts change. At last, when they cannot endure the pain, they say to the guide, “You! You are trying to kill us, aren’t you? We’ve been walking forever, but there is no oasis! That over there is a real oasis!” and they kill the guide trying to go after the mirage. There are people like this from time to time. It is not only this way with the people who travel through the desert, but such a thing happens in the realm of spiritual life as well. People are led by their thoughts because they begin to think. This is where Satan works. Satan does not simply inject us with thoughts, but stirs the heart in us to make us feel that things are as we think them to be, and continually leads us to the side opposite the Word of God. What God has said to us is definite, but it seems wrong in our eyes, and Satan works in us to make us feel that our thoughts are right.
The Cloud and the Rainbow, the Two Complete Opposites
God promised Noah, “I will never again judge the world with water.” One day, I thought about Noah. It says in the Bible that one day Noah’s sons saw him drunk from wine and sleeping naked in the tent. It was a good thing his sons were the ones who saw him, because what if it were his daughters-in-law who saw him? Noah was saved, but he got drunk, made mistakes, and mistakes can lead to sin. There is no one who would look at his own heart and say, “I am proper and clean.” When they see themselves through their conscience, they naturally feel in their heart, “I did wrong, evil, and committed sin.” When dark clouds would cover the sky at such a time, how would Noah feel in his heart? “God must be sending another flood! We knew beforehand of the last flood, but others did not. Maybe this time God told others about the flood without telling me because I had sinned!” Such fear arises in people because people sin. Thus, God spoke to Noah. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you, and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. (Genesis 9:12-15) God said that he would never again judge the world with water, and the rainbow was the mark to prove it. The interesting thing about these scriptures is that the clouds and rainbow show completely opposite traits. Clouds appear to cover the world with the rain of judgment, while the rainbow is the promise of God that He will not punish. Anyone can simultaneously see the cloud and the rainbow. A rainbow can never appear on a clear, sunny day with a spotless sky. The rainbow appears where it is cloudy. Noah would fear upon seeing the clouds, but the rainbow would bring him faith. “Ah, that cloud! That’s the same cloud from the flood.” He would have such fear, but upon seeing the rainbow, he would be at peace, thinking, “Ah, that rainbow! That is the promise that God will never again destroy the world with water.”