Sunday, August 21, 2016

Promise of God

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
22 “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
Genesis 8:20-22, NKJV

Promise of God

In these verses from Genesis 8, we especially note two things. First, we note Noah's thankfulness to God, and second, we note the promise of God.  

In thankfulness to God, Noah built an altar to the LORD. If you will remember, Noah had taken two of every animal aboard the ark, and seven of every clean animal. The seven animals allowed Noah and his family to have food for the time they were in the ark, and now Noah had clean animals to offer in sacrifice to God. 

As God smelled the soothing aroma of the sacrifice, He said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done."

We have certainly seen many devastating floods. As a matter of fact, the southern United States, particularly in the state of Louisiana, is experiencing great floods today. However, we have the promise of God that He will never again destroy the entire earth with a flood. Though it is true, man left to himself is truly wicked, yet God will not destroy him in this way.

As a matter of fact, God continues with some of the most beautiful words of Scripture in verse 22.

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

We have the very promise of God that He will sustain this earth until its very last day. We will continue to see seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night. We know that the day God determines to remove His hand of protection upon the earth, all of these things will cease.

We know that man, in his great hatred of God, will so reach the point in his depravity that God will finally say, "Enough!" This time, however, no flood will destroy the earth. At this time, the Lord Jesus Christ will return as the triumphant King. He will destroy all of the forces of evil and will sweep in the Great Day of Judgment. All people from the beginning to the end of time will stand before our Judge, the Lord Jesus.

At this time, Jesus will gather His true children together. Those who never came to Christ will be sent to the Lake of Fire with the Devil and his angels. God will destroy this corrupted earth by fire. Christ, then, will create a new heaven and a new earth, totally uncorrupted by sin.

Here, on this new earth, He will place all of the redeemed. We will live in the new heavens and the new earth in complete safety and joy, forever! No fairytale could be written any better. Yet, this is no fairytale. This is the truth--God's truth.

The end, however, has not yet come. Today is still the day of salvation. Today the gates of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ are still open. If you have not yet done so, call upon Him today to save you. He is the Great Shepherd and the only Door of Salvation, In Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.

Let us, then, as the people of God, rest today in the promises of God. Let us serve Him joyfully, knowing that the days of this world are truly numbered. How we look forward to our entrance into God's eternal kingdom forever!

God Bless You,
Linda
 

 


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