Water and Chaos
Today’s passage come from Genesis 7:24-8:1:
And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.
Genesis chapter 7 is a bleak story. As we learned in chapter 6, all men had turned away from God and the result was that all their activities and thoughts were a constant stream of evil. This breaks the Lord’s heart to the point where He regrets ever making mankind. So God makes the decision to reverse the process of creation. If you recall, after God created the heavens and the Earth, we find the Spirit of God hovering over the depths of the chaotic waters. By the end of chapter 7, this is where the world has returned. We are but a few steps away from the universe returning to non-existence. The end of the world is near… Yet at the top of chapter 8, the story changes. We read “But God remembered Noah…” Its important to understand what it means that God remembered someone. God doesn’t forget anything (after all, He’s God). Neither is God remembering Noah from a sense of nostalgia (“Hey! I remember that Noah guy. He was pretty cool.”) No, in the Bible, God’s remembering is always followed by action. He remembers and then He acts. What would have been the end becomes a new beginning for humanity. The flood becomes God’s means of setting the reset button on humanity. I can’t help but think of how timely the story of Noah is for this moment in time. People are scared. People worry that we might be facing the end of life as we know it. Now I believe this is a lot of paranoia, but let’s imagine for a moment that the most paranoid theory is correct, what should we do? We should trust in God’s remembrance of us. Even if it were the end, the end to God only marks a new beginning. The Bible says that Noah walked with the Lord and thus saved humanity. The supposed end was not the end for him. Therefore, let us walk through life trusting in the Lord who promises to remember us and protect us.
Today let this be your prayer:
Father thank you for your provision and protection. Forgive me when I take it for granted. You created the world by your voice, you give life with your breath and nothing can stand against you. Let me rest in your protection like Noah in the midst of the flood. Give me courage to walk with you by faith in the toughest of circumstances, for with You there is always hope. Amen.