Just as God’s knowledge and wisdom are God, so it is with his truthfulness. And because of God’s being, truth resides organically within him, in his spirituality and invisibility, and all other of his communicable attributes—just as he is the “I AM WHO I AM,” he is, “I AM TRUTH.” God aptly defines and exemplifies absolute truth from within himself. Hence, all that is truth comes from God’s definition of truth, permeating every other one of his character traits, and attributes. On a more personal level, God instilled in us his idea of what the truthfulness of himself is—to help us observe him as God.
In today’s society we cannot find anyone, including ourselves, whose truthfulness remains steady—never swaying—never influenced by motives—never telling a “white lie.” But God’s truthfulness is unlike any of these, because although he remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, he is not static. As God works in us, he sanctifies us through his grace, and is constantly moving within the circumstances of our lives and the world, using people for his purposes. So God’s truthfulness manifests itself through individual and general circumstances. Most people of faith tell about how God worked in their life at one time or another. But for those people not engaged in any kind of faith, there are numerous ways to see God’s truthfulness right before their eyes. For example, how many times have we marveled, gasped, and stared at a rainbow—some double and triple?
Rainbows are God’s chosen way to demonstrate his truthfulness and as a seal of his covenant with Noah.
In Genesis 9, we read: “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: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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. 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” (vs. 12-15 NIV).
While discovering this perhaps little known phenomenon, we find ourselves on the cusp of reality. Furthermore, we have a visible witnessing tool, in which the reality of God—who he is— and how he works—is explained to our unbelieving friends. Through the reading and study of Genesis 9:12-15, we see that God told the truth, and remained faithful to his promise.
Resisting the temptation to trivialize Scripture as metaphorical fantasies conjured up in the imagination of a biblical writer, let’s remember that God spoke the words and he said a rainbow would appear.
How many rainbows have you seen in your lifetime?
Until next time…