Sunday was a stormy day. My wife and I were going out for the evening and it was raining when we left home. As we were driving along the rain stopped and the sun came out. Then there in the sky before us was a rainbow. At first a half rainbow, then a full one. We could even see where it touched the ground. I commented to my wife that maybe we should go and look for the pot of gold. She gave me some inaudible response so I thought it best to just leave it alone.
But it has gotten me thinking about the idea of rainbows and pots of gold. I am not sure how rainbows and pots of gold came to be associated with each other, but one thing I do know. Rainbows are a symbol of hope, specifically God’s covenant with us that He is sovereign over the earth; in fact the whole universe.
Gold is a metal that is considered to be precious the world over. Just look at all the places that are willing to buy your gold these days. We wear gold as jewelry– my wedding band is made of gold and diamonds; people wear gold necklaces, brooches and so on. Gold looks good and is usually a pretty safe investment. But one thing gold can’t bring into your life is a sense of joy.
Only God through His Son Jesus is that possible. It is only in Jesus that true contentment, satisfaction and the knowledge that you are loved can be found. And it is in Jesus that we know that we are home.
Rainbows remind us of God’s covenant care. Gold is an earthly possession. Enjoy your gold but don’t let it become an idol to you. Instead let it remind you that the love of God is more precious than gold and that it can never bring us true satisfaction into our lives.