From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation God uses people. Ordinary people such as you and I to carry out His will on Earth. I know there have been times where I’ve forgotten, in a sense, that the people God used were just like us. Flawed by human nature, yet saved by grace alone as Romans 3:23-24 reminds us. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” New Living Translation
God is always making things new even through destruction.
In my Bible Genesis 6 is entitled “A World Gone Wrong” which clearly tells me that things aren’t looking so great namely because sin (see Genesis 3:1-19) was running rampant in the midst of God’s perfect creation that was created by Him for our pleasure. By the time we get to this place in Scripture, it’s evident that God’s patience with His people is running scarcely thin. How do we know? Look at what Genesis 6:3 says “Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
We Meet Noah (in the second half of Genesis 6:11-22) There are many things I love about Noah. Here are the three (among many) qualities I take away from his example:
- Noah was an ordinary man who was married with a family. In fact, we are told in verse nine that “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.”
- Though it is unclear in Scripture, I often wonder if Noah or his family ever questioned what God had told them to do. If I were in their position, I probably would’ve been curious.
- Noah truly understood first time obedience. He knew what God was asking of him and he was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. It’s a little embarrassing to write, but I can’t say I would be that obedient at first without pacing back and forth a little bit.
I like to look at this part of Noah’s Story like the warm-up, so to speak.
For Noah, it was getting all the materials to build the Ark.
What might it be for you?
Going back to school? Changing jobs? Stepping out in faith to a new God-given opportunity? Sometimes God causes us to walk through spiritual warm-ups to get us ready prepared for the next big step in our adventure of faith. We see this applied in the sports world all the time. No team ever makes it to the SuperBowl without practicing. God works the same way-He doesn’t put us in the “game” until we’ve had some practice; it’s often found in the faith building experiences that mold and shape our faith in Christ.
After practice it’s time for the game.
That’s exactly what happens in Genesis 7:11-24. After Noah had diligently prepared for the flood, God knew it was time. Because Noah obeyed the Lord by building the Ark, God blessed him by protecting Noah and his family. They were the only people who didn’t get wiped out by the flood! How incredible! I think it’s also imperative to mention that God honors our obedience to Him. When we do our best to completely trust and listen to what He says, our blessings are beyond absolutely anything we could ever imagine.
The constant theme of restoration that only comes from Jesus remains evident throughout the entirety of Noah’s story, just as it it with ours. (Genesis 5:32-10:1)
God is always faithful. He keeps every promise. He never leaves us even the midst of a raging flood. He is so merciful. The story of Noah has always intrigued me and the older I get, the more I am UNDONE by God’s grace! After the flood began to calm down, God realized how much He truly loves and adores the people and the planet the he created. So much so that in verses 8-17 of Genesis nine, God in his sovereignty promises His covenant with humanity by sending a rainbow and a dove as a sign that He will never destroy the earth in that way again.
God always restores. He will always be restoring His people to make us NEW. There’s nothing too broken, damaged, or scarred that He can’t restore. (Do you hear me?) God can restore absolutely anything!
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
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