I was listening to a speaker compare the Noahic covenant with the Abrahamic covenant. In Noah’s case the sign of the covenant that God gave was a rainbow (Genesis 19:3) whereas with Abraham the sign of the covenant was circumcision (Genesis 17:11). Circumcision means to cut away the flesh.

We always want God to give us rainbows but sometimes he cuts away our sinful nature (Colossians 2:11) and it hurts. Even Jesus said, “My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2).

It may feel like God has cut us off but the truth is he has cut us back to be more fruitful in his kingdom.