Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat-you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Genesis 6:17-18
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede. Genesis 8:1
The Bible is filled with examples of God fulfilling his promises to his people. This is one of those stories. God told Noah to build this ark and fill it with animals and take his wife and sons with him. Noah did all this. Then God said, “But I will confirm my covenant with you.” Genesis 6:18. To have that kind of faith in God is inspiring. To trust that when God says he will take care of us, he will keep that promise. We try to fix the details of our own lives and forget to trust God. This is why God calls us to read his word. So that we can recount stories of amazing trust in God and how He works it all out. God’s word is our weapon against doubt in our lives. When we read stories like Noah we are filled with hope. That hope causes us to trust God. If we never take the time to read His word we miss opportunities to be filled and fed. Noah was just doing what God told him to do. Noah didn’t say, “Um, God, are You sure that You want me to build a boat so big? What will people say? What if I build this massive vessel and nothing happens? What then, God?” He just built that enormous boat and filled it like God told him to do. “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Genesis 6:22. It is important to remember that Noah wasn’t perfect. He just loved God with all that he had. That love for God caused him to be obedient even when it didn’t always make sense. Noah trusted that when God said He was going to flood the earth and kill every living thing that He was indeed going to follow through. He also trusted that when God told him He would confirm His covenant with him that He would also follow through on that promise as well. God doesn’t call us to be perfect. He just wants us to wholeheartedly follow Him. God says He loves us and “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” Romans 8:28, we have to trust that He will do just that. I encourage you today to pick up your bible and read the story of the flood again Genesis 6-9. This time my prayer is that you see it differently than ever before.
Gracious and All Powerful God, help us to have the kind of faith and trust that Noah had. I pray we can throw all caution to the wind and choose to follow You with all that we have. We love You, Lord. And I pray that our love for You spills over to love others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.