Today’s Reading: Gen 7:1-10:5, 1 Chron 1:5-7, Gen 10:6-20, 1 Chron 1:8-16, Gen 10:21-30, 1 Chron 1:17-23, Gen 10:31-32
I would like to publicly thank Noah and his family for saving the human race! They made a huge sacrifice for us! I don’t think I could have done it! I probably would have jumped overboard after a week!
I just don’t think I could have survived! From my calculations (don’t quote me because I’m not very good at math), Noah and his family were on that boat for twelve and a half months. Twelve and a half months with…
- No baths (I couldn’t make it one week without a bath)
- All those animals (poop, urine, slobber…can I say stink!!)
- Reptiles (frogs, lizards, and snakes) I would have had a heart attack
- No privacy (just think about it. There were young, hormonal men on that boat)
- He said, she said/meow-meow (can you imagine how they must’ve gotten on each other’s nerves)
- (SAD)Seasonal Affective Disorder (12.5 months with no sunlight and no Prozac—the animals were probably as depressed as the people)
Can you imagine how they must have felt the day they walked off that boat?
Most of us would have probably kissed the ground, but not Noah; he immediately built an altar to his Lord. God was pleased with Noah’s offering and made a promise that is still in effect today:
“I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” –Gen.8:21-22
The next time you see a rainbow, take a minute to remember the covenant that your Heavenly Father made with Noah and you. Because of the rainbow neither Noah nor anyone since has had to worry that God is going to destroy the earth with water.
Can you imagine the first time it rained after Noah and his family got off the ark?
They probably thought, “Where’s the boat? Here we go again.” Our all-knowing God knew they would be afraid, so He gave them a sign-a rainbow. That’s just amazing!
I remember a time about 15 years ago when I was going through a difficult time financially. I was literally wondering what I was going to do and if God had forgotten me. One Saturday there was a knock on the door and a friend from my church began to unload $200 worth of groceries. I had said nothing to anyone about our need. For me that was a sign from God that He was with me, He knew everything that was going and that with His help,I could make it through. It was also a sign to my children that God cared about us. I will never forget that day.
Has there ever been a time when God knew you would be afraid so he gave you a sign so that you could make it through?
Praying for you!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 11:1-26; 1 Chronicles 1:24-27; Genesis 11:27-14:24