The girls and I are studying the story of Noah right now in morning devotions. The story amazes (and frightens) me every time I read it.
"5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."
Imagine the evil that was taking place in the world at that time. God cannot take it any more. He simply must destroy the wicked. But, as always, He saves a remnant. Noah and his family must have stood out to those around them. In more ways than one. Noah was seen as crazy as he built this gigantic boat in his front lawn. A lawn that had never seen rain.
We all know the story. He took two of every kind of animal into the ark to preserve each kind that God had created. Then God closed the door and they waited. It is interesting that God told Noah that He would send the rain in 7 days. Another grace moment. Noah could have waited and waited and wondered if God would really do what he said. But, God told him the plan.
The earth opened up. The rain came down. I can imagine all the people running to the ark and banging on the side of it, begging to be let in. Or, maybe, their hearts were so hardened, they continued to doubt the severity of it. Eventually, the earth was covered. Next time you see a globe or a satellite picture of the earth, imagine nothing but water. Water and more water.
And a minuscule little dot. The ark bobbing along on the surface of this vast expanse of H2O. In the grand scheme of what God was doing, the ark was such a small piece of this picture. But....
Genesis 8:1 "But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark."
He didn't forget amidst His righteous anger. He promised and he kept that promise. He cannot lie. He held the world of water in His powerful hands, while keeping His eye on His beloved.
He is our powerful God, ruler of the Universe, and Mighty Creator. The only, trustworthy God!