Genesis 7:1-5,21-24 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. “You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him... All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.
For a God whose very nature is love and who is considered the epitome of love, this act of wiping out His creation that He was happy to create seems out of character and unimaginably harsh. Imagine the cry of all of creation as it was drowned and imagine the devastation that occurred because of it.
Are we to come and submit to the Lord because of our fear of His wrath and what is God speaking to us through this event?
For God who was enraged by the sinfulness of man, He certainly showed amazing grace to the one family whom He loved because they were faithful to Him and so the flooding of the earth was not simply a knee-jerk reaction.
When we consider this entire plan God laid out for Noah to follow and the provision of all the animals good and bad in the exact numbers, and the rain that did not leave an inch of land visible to ensure perfect destruction, we can see that this God who was angry was also perfect in planning and therefore His rage is controlled, yet unimaginable.
God wants us to see how much He loves us and can do for us if we are faithful to Him and love Him with our all. Noah did not understand why God asked Him to build an ark in a land where there was no water in sight for hundreds of miles, he toiled for 100 years on something any person would have considered the joke of the world, he followed God's leading to a point of being ridiculed and scoffed but when God delivered, Noah was vindicated because He heard His God and obeyed Him.
God does not want us to come to Him because of His unquenchable wrath or because we have to but He wants us to come to Him because we know that there is no hope in ourselves and we are headed for destruction. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the son of God who was fully man yet fully God Himself, that we have hope, a hope of eternity.
I pray today that regardless of how ridiculous the world thinks this faith is, that you are able to see the love of Christ visible to those who are faithful and are able to submit yourself to Him for His saving grace upon your life. Let us all get into the ark of salvation God has created through His son Jesus Christ and let us bank our eternity on the Faithful One!
In His Loving Service,
Matthew 24:37-39 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be"
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