7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:7-12, NKJV
The Great Flood
Having experienced some of the great Iowa floods in the past 15 years, I certainly have a better appreciation of seeing the waters continue to rise, sweeping away everything in their path. Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives went into the ark, we are told, because of the flood. After seven days the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Last night we experienced a rather violent thunderstorm here in Iowa. Our dog and one of our cats are quite frightened of storms. As my dog snuggled up to me, I thought of the protection we have in Christ. I love experiencing strong thunderstorms, as I am always impressed by the great and wondrous power of God and of how frail we as humans really are. Yet God, in the middle of these storms, still has complete control.
How must Noah and his family have felt when the waters from above and the waters beneath the earth were unleashed upon them. The ark must have seemed huge when it was first built, but in the middle of the crashing waves and raging storm, it must have felt extremely small. Genesis tells us, In the six-hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
This was no ordinary storm--this was not even a 200-year flood. This was the great flood--the flood of all floods. The Bible says that there was rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. So much rain fell that even the highest mountain tops were covered. Here was Noah and his family right in the middle of the greatest flood to ever occur and they were completely safe. Why? Were they safe because Noah did such a great job in building the ark? No! They were safe because they were sitting right in the middle of God's great hands--right where He had ordained them to be.
Safety, in this world, is somewhat of an illusion. As we hear of wars and rumors of wars and when we think of the great potential devastation of a nuclear attack, how safe do we feel? Again, in the hands of God, our safety is not dependent upon us or our circumstances. Our safety is determined by God, alone.
Let us, then, go forth this day in the confidence of the Lord knowing that in Him we are completely safe. He will guide and direct us in the way we should go. And, in His pre-determined time, He will bring us home to be with Him, forever!
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,