Read Genesis 7:1-22
The sin of Adam and Eve has spread to all their offspring, and their sin has become a curse to all creation. Everywhere people dream of more and more sin. But God does not give up. God will not allow sin to have the victory in his big story. Instead, in his love he sends a flood to cleanse the world, and he begins again with Noah and his family. He waits until Noah finishes building the boat and everything is ready. Then the rain pours down and the undergroud waters gush up out of every crevice. Soon everything is submerged.
To find out if any dry ground was available. Noah had to send something out of the ark. He first selected the raven, a large, black scavenger that could survive in the harst post-flood conditions since it ate decaying corpses. The raven’s release didn’t tell Noah much about the water levels, since it could find places to rest even if the water was still high. Releasing the dove would provide more useful information since this bird refused to rest on floating debris or a corpse. On it’s second flight, the dove returned with an olive branch. so Noah knew that the Olive trees, which grew in the lower plains, were sprouting again.
We’ve all seen flooding: if not firsthad, we’ve seen it on video clips–spring floods of the Mississippi river, hurricanes on souther coastlines, and tsunamis in Japan. We’ve also seen post-flooded devastation–bloated bodies, mucky debris, broken trees, and colorless vegetation. There’s nothing pretty “after the flood.” Starting over is difficult. But God’s presence and his promise strengthened Noah to persevere; he will strengthen us too during difficult times.
As I was reading this passage, I thought of the flooding anology similar to my life. There has been times in my life where is flood like situations where I would think I could not make it through and I could fight no more! God shows certian ways and doors that I can walk through safely without the flood affecting me. In the same manner how God protected the entire Noah family out of danger and he moved them to a safe place.
If you are right now in a place where you are surrounded by flood like situations where you would think there is no coming out, remember the God who saved Noah is still alive and He is able to turn situations around and rescue from the dire cirumstances and give you a new fresh start that will be glrious and blessed that the initial spot where you were. You will not be defined by your cirumstances but you will be transformed and moulded bu God’s love for you and you will be defined by who you are in Christ our saviour.
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