“Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.” [Genesis 7:6-10]
Entire story found in Genesis 6-9
If you even stepped foot in a church as a child, you are probably familiar with the story of Noah’s Arc. Like so many other stories from the bible, it is easy for this one to lose its flavor after a while. But if you look a little closer, I believe this one has much to say to us Christians living in 2019.
So what can the story of Noah’s Ark teach us?
God sees. God provides.
God honored Noah’s righteousness and obedience. In the life of Noah, we see someone who stood apart from the rest so much so that God took notice. He was righteous in the midst of a lot of wickedness and evil. Think of how much trouble it must have been for God to spare one family out of who knows how many. He provided Noah with an arc and gave him everything he needed to preserve his family and creation. God takes cares of His children. He honors our righteousness. He honors our obedience. He sees the way we live our life day in and day out.
God remembers. God keeps His promises.
In Genesis 9:15, God says, “I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh.” God made a rainbow as a symbol of a promise. He vowed to always remember the promise that He made. For me, this story brings so much hope. God remembers every single thing that He has spoken to us even if we have forgotten. He sustains us. He guides us.
What does that mean for us today?
If you are struggling to believe that God sees you or knows what you need, I would encourage to take hold of the story of Noah. Seeking God is never something done in vain as we see in Noah’s life. God will take care of you. He will make a way.
If you think God has forgotten about that broken relationship or that physical illness or that dream deferred, take hold of the story of Noah. I pray that it would fill you with hope that God sees and God remembers. If he has promised you something, He is good for it.
God, I thank you that you see and you provide. I thank you that you remember and you keep your promises. I pray that you would help me to trust you for these things even when it is hard to see. Help me to take hold of hope today. Help me to have hope in the places it has been very hard to. I love you. Amen.