It's Sunday, Y'all!
There were long-ago times when people were so wicked that even God despaired. So God sent rains of such magnitude that for 40 days and 40 nights, they did not slack, and the whole world was flooded and all life on it perished. Think a tsunami or category 5 hurricane on steroids.
Thing was, God let one man and his family, and a big, big boat float atop the waters. The boat (think Noah's Ark) contained every kind of animal, bird, and bug, male and female, two by two.
When the waters of the Great Flood receded, the ark emptied out. And Noah and God huddled.
And God made this great covenant statement to Noah:
"I confirm my covenant with you: Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: I will place my rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, then I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things that are on the earth.” (Genesis 9:11-17)
Localized flooding and storms may come, but with that big guarantee, the world was secured, and all living things. When the rainbow appears, God will remember not to drown us all, ever again. And here's a recent reminder... saw it above my street this past week.
Soli Deo Gloria!