Thursday, August 18, 2016

Then God Remembered

Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
Genesis 8:1-5, NKJV

Then God Remembered

Does God forget? Sometimes, to us, it seems as though Goes does forget. However, we know that God, who is omniscient (all-knowing) can never forget. However, the Bible will often use phrases such as, "Then God remembered," to accommodate our understanding.

We can picture the site, can we not? Noah looks out of the window of the ark and what does he see? He sees water! Everywhere he looks he only sees water. How did God respond?

God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

When I read these verses, I think of Jesus, standing in the boat with his disciples on the Sea of Galilee in the middle of a great storm. What did Jesus do?

Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. . . And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" (Mark 4:39 and 41, NKJV)

Our God is not only the great Creator, but He is also the great Sustainer! At the time He decreed, the rain began on the earth, and even the waters from the deep were released. Again, at His decree, the rain ceased and the fountains of the deep were dried up. 

The waters decreased continually--for ten months. Finally, on the first day of the tenth month, Noah and his family could see just the tops of the mountains. That must have been a long ten months. Do you think they wondered if the the day would ever come that they would again see the earth?

How beautiful those mountain tops must have seemed to Noah and his family. Though it would yet still be a good while before they would actually be able to step out of the ark and put their feet on dry ground, yet they were finally seeing evidence of the end.

We use the phrase, "There is daylight at the end of the tunnel," to describe that feeling of hope in the middle of a time of great trials. What is the daylight for the true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ? Our daylight is Christ. The daylight at the end of our tunnel is knowing that the time will come when we will be ushered into God's kingdom, and there we will live forever!

By the grace of God, let us take encouragement in this all-powerful God we serve. Though at times it may seem like He forgets, we know that as in the case of Noah, God never forgets. His hand of guidance is always upon His children.

Noah, his family, and all of the animals were never in danger. Though the ark must have rocked continually, especially in the middle of the storm, there was never a time when they were in danger. Yet, right outside of the safety of the ark, all humans and all creatures perished.

In many ways, we are in the same circumstances. As we walk hand in hand with God, we are never truly in danger. Man may be able to kill our body, but he can never kill our soul. In God's hand of protection, we are brought safely through all of our days upon this earth until the day when God has predetermined that we would join Him. So shall we ever be with the Lord!

As we go about our duties of this day, let us remember Noah. Then God remembered Noah, and so does He remember us as well.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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