Prayer: Holy Spirit direct my understanding of Your Word today, help me grow from it and empower me to use it in Jesus name. Amen
Gen 7 :23-24 Continuation
23 God destroyed (blotted out, wiped away) every living thing that was on the surface of the earth; man and animals and the crawling things and the birds of the heavens were destroyed from the land. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. 24 The waters covered [all of] the earth for a hundred and fifty days (five months).
It’s amazing how our actions as an individual always have an impact on those around us, our family, and even generations to come. This passage shows how Noah’s family (They may or may not have had a relationship with God) were also saved from the flood because of their association with Noah, Noah who had a direct relationship with God.
There are many promises left to believers/ those in relationship with God for the family and even generations to come.
Exodus 20:6 …. but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Joshua 24:15 …But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
God is faithful to fulfill His promises in our lives,… we must stay in belief…we must renew our faith daily.
Jeremiah 1:12 …Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”
In Genesis 8:15-17, God sets in motion the plan He had for mankind again, in hope of Noah and his generation. He gives man dominion and authority again.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
I can see God’s nature of persistence. Although mankind had become tainted, He never gave up on us. This encourages me to resist giving up on people… devious people at work, mean people at my place of study; people who i’m meant to be able to look up to… family members, mistakes in myself. This list is endless, but the key thing to learn about myself and even you, is that, as we were made in God’s image, we do have that capacity to be ever persistent, if we call on God to empower that within us, He will empower us for persistence beyond our natural ability. So there is hope for every situation of life. It’s never really over until we say it is.
Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified translation) …Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”
In verse 21 of Genesis 8, we see Noah giving God an offering. This offering doesn’t hit God as a sweet smelling aroma, like it’s described in other passages in the Bible. But this time, this offering is a soothing aroma to God. This reveals a lot.
All through the flood, God’s heart was on edge, God was in pain, He was hurt. Have you ever experienced that kind of hurt that feels like your heart is on fire and your eyes are burning with tears of disbelief, anyone that’s ever lost a loved one can certainly relate. This, I can say was probably God’s state of heart at the loss of His creation. We mustn’t forget that we are a reflection of God, and if we can feel, so can He, but God’s capacity to both love and feel hurt is far greater than ours.
As Noah signaled to God an offering of love, friendship and respect, this hope in fellowship with and redemption for man soothed, or cooled that pain God felt. And so one could say, God was comforted by that.
Prayer for today:
May we be, may I be more conscious today and every day of my fellowship with the One who calls me the apple of His eye. May I be quick to listen and obey as I would anyone I truly respect. May we, may I love You Lord Jesus above the storms of life and trust that You have it in control because You have already conquered victory for me in this life; as it says in Your Word, and Your Word cannot fall to the ground. May I enjoy fellowship with You today, even through my mistakes and repentance, as we walk to the finished line of Victory at 120 years old, (If You ain’t coming before then lol). Father I truly thank You and ask for Your empowerment of persistence in Jesus name, Amen.