This was no ordinary rainstorm. Inside the Ark, the world was a place of peace; outside, not so much. It flooded for 150 days. Not just rain from above, but blasting from every pore of the earth. Five months of cleansing the world of all evil that had touched the ground. It had to be a mixture of grief and fear for the Noah and his family. While they knew the evil of men and the destruction of the earth, they did not know what was next, or how things would be–after they reemerged. Such unknowns had never faced men. Noah and his family, while faithful, had never experienced the devastation or the destruction of the entire world.
In our culture, we face unknowns–daily. We know that with the technology that currently exists, men could easily wipe out much of the world as we know it–but, what is more disconcerting, is that God could and has every right to do the same. We are easily as evil as the people of Noah’s time. If I were the Lord, (Which, I am not–and am very glad about that!!!!!) I would lay awake thinking it has to be half past time to wipe us off the earth, once again! If our humility is waning and we think we are all that and a box of Oreo’s–we need to take note of how little control we really have over our lives and our circumstances. It is the realization of our need to trust and follow God–that frees us from the fear of the unknown, and the depression of not being able to assure our beloved destiny.
We need to show reverence to the absolute power of God and his plan, but, we also need to rejoice at his ability to withhold his hand of judgement. One need only remember the absolute nature of his judgement, to know we would rather have his mercy and grace!
Thanks you Lord–for withholding judgement on me–the worst of all sinners!
God Bless You
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.