Genesis 6:22 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “Noah did everything just as God commanded him” (NIV).
Just a Dash
As Texas has had an unusually stormy spring, I thought this might be the perfect time to revisit the idea of storms in the Bible to see what God might be trying to communicate to us in this season. The story of Noah and the flood is simple enough to be learned by kids in Sunday School, but complex enough that the darker details of this story are often reserved for more mature audiences. After all, the reason God sent the flood in the first place, is because he was fed up with the wickedness of the world. In fact, God’s discontent with the state of humanity is referenced several times in Genesis 6, between verses 3 and 13. God describes humanity as evil, violent and corrupt. In verse 6, The Bible Says, “the Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled” (Genesis 6:6 NIV). As a parent, I can’t imagine how terrible a thing Scooch would have to do to make me regret ever having her! In the case of the pre-flood humans, wickedmust have been an understatement.
God sent a flood that would ravage the face of the earth for 40 days and 40 nights, until all life on Earth was destroyed. But, being a gracious and merciful God, He made provisions for Noah and his family to be spared from destruction.
God gave Noah explicit instructions to prepare for this storm. He had him build an ark, stock it with food, gather the animals that would be on the ark and get his family and himself inside the ark of safety. Only after Noah had carried out all of God’s instructions did He shut the door of the ark and cause the flood.
A Pinch More
Just as it was with Noah, our security and survival during our own storms is dependent upon our obedience to God. Noah’s obedience led to an everlasting covenant between him and God. And like Noah, our obedience to God has an impact on the lives of those that God trusts us to care for because of our connection to Him.
Q: Following Noah’s example, what should we do to prepare for the storms in our life? (Hint: Genesis 6:22)
Q: Has God made you an ark of safety for others? If so, have you been built to specs?
Q: Consider a storm you may be facing right now. What instructions has God given you in preparation for the storm? Have you followed those instructions just as God commanded you?