Solomon declares in Ecclesiastes, “what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” 1:9

In writing this, one can get the idea of hopelessness and despair. However, we can also attach hope to it.

How many of us have ever said in the last two years, “I’ve never seen anything like this before?” I have jokingly said, “well, the last time we had a pandemic…” None of us were ready for something to fundamentally change our life or our world.

But as long as there is God there is hope.

When God judged the world that was, only Noah and his family were saved. Their family alone was charged with the duty of taking care of the animals, the planet, and to repopulate the earth.

When God brings judgment, or when calamity happens, God is never surprised, and He always has a plan. God declared to Noah, that “while earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 ESV.

While earth remains! What a promise. On the other side of calamity and judgment, God promised hope. Read that again.

Furthermore, God put a rainbow in the sky to become a visible symbol of His promise that He spoke.

Now, here we are, living in a drought filled land. The weather teams are saying that we are “ahead” on rain.

 We prayed for rain a few months ago. We are still praying for rain. I believe that God is “beginning” to answer the prayers of His people, and He isn’t going to stop with rain, because the rain by itself isn’t the goal, it’s the promise.

Unexpected Rainbow in Bakersfield

This picture was taken last week by Pastor Max VanDyke, from Kingdom Harvest Alliance Church. These folks are moving into our building, and will be sharing the campus, beginning January 2, 2022.

Please notice the double rainbow. Please notice that the inner rainbow lays on top of the cross in the courtyard.

Please let this valuable image burn into your heart.

Zechariah prophesies, “ask for rain in the season of rain,” Zech 10:1. In other words, when you see the rain coming down, shout “LET IT RAIN!”

Could God make it any more obvious for us that He’s a promise keeping God?

We ask for rain in the physical sense, and in turn we will get rain in the spiritual sense. We claim His promise of blessing and restoration. We shout for Him to “let it rain” on us. As the old song says, “mercy drops ‘round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.”       Our present is our future, because of the Promise of God.