8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9 “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you;
10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.
11 I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.

In late 2016, a new music festival titled FYRE Festival was announced and planned for 2017. According to Forbes, “it was billed as a ‘luxury music festival’ on a private island in the Bahamas (Norman’s Cay) previously owned by Pablo Escobar. It became a social media tsunami, as it was promoted by about 400 top social media ‘influencers’….The #fyrefestival hashtag went viral as it ‘blew up’ the internet.”

However, the delivery on the promised event set a new standard for overpromising and underdelivering: “Anything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. There were problems with weather, security, food, accommodations, medical services and artist relations, resulting in the festival being postponed indefinitely. Instead of the luxury ‘geodesic domes’ and luxury villas, there were FEMA tents left over from Hurricane Matthew. Instead of gourmet meals for which festival attendees paid thousands of dollars, they received prepackaged sandwiches.”

In 2019, two documentaries were released chronicling the events leading up to this massively failed venture. One thing that FYRE Festival highlighted was the value of delivering on a promise and the disappointment that accompanies failed promises.

Throughout the Bible, we are reminded time and time again of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness to His people. God has never made one promise that He has not or will not keep. In today’s passage, God explicitly promised Noah that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood. As a sign of this promise, God set a rainbow in the sky. Since the time of Noah, every rainbow in history has been a reminder of God’s unfailing word and goodness to His people.

The greatest example of God’s unfailing promises to His people has come in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Messiah who had been promised to Israel for generations. Today, those who follow Christ enjoy the benefit of God’s unfailing promises. We are reminded of this as we reflect on the coming of Jesus, and every time we see a rainbow in the sky.

• What promises of God do you need to be reminded of today?

• How will you seek to meditate on these promises throughout the day and the rest of this week?

• Thank God for His promises that never fail, most of all the fulfilled promise of Jesus, the Messiah who paid for our sin and gave us new life in Him.

[1] Howells, Richard. "FYRE Festival Fiasco: A Truly Unforgettable Customer Experience." Forbes. February 10, 2019. Accessed March 06, 2019. https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2019/02/09/fyre-festival-fiasco-a-truly-unforgettable-customer-experience/#765991d25546.