And The Waters Receded…

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But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually

Genesis 8:1-3

The flood story is one of the best known biblical narratives found in Scripture. The covenant between God and man was tarnished with unequivocal love for sin and the abatement of the law. Man reasoned in his heart to turn away from the paradise promised in exchange for a prison. God concluded that the world betrayed His trust and man would run into the arms of self-righteousness, self-adoration, and self-centeredness. The wicked flooded the earth like a cancer that spread far and wide, covering it with debauchery and indulging in the pleasures created for Godly purposes. From the actions of Cain to the compromise of human morality, the cities smelled of death, sexual immorality and God finally had enough.

The creator would blot out (Gen 6:7) His creation from the world minus Noah and his family.  The end was drawing near as prophetical uttered in Amos 8:2, “The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.” It’s as if God wanting nothing more to do with His creation, grieved when He formed us from the dust and breathed life into the soul of man. The pain that was imparted to women (Gen 3:16) would now be felt by God. The announcement of the flood has commenced and following it, death and destruction. But even in the midst of such catastrophic events soon to come, the favor was granted to one man. Noah would be the one to reestablish the covenant between God and mankind.

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

C.S. Lewis

Even in the midst of a divorce, there can be reconciliation, healing on both sides and the hope for a greater relationship. The quote above is prevalent at this time of unanswered questions and confusion during Hurricane Harvey that has left many displaced and seeking refuge. The condition of our Christianity lies in our looking to Him. Even the Roman soldiers expressed this gaze when Christ was crucified on the cross and as the earth shook, they were convinced that this truly was the Son of God (Mark 15:39). But God remembered Noah even when emptiness covered the earth. The world would soon undergo a cosmetic facelift that would be home to a new economy of Providence and Grace.

As the divine wind blew throughout the four corners of the earth, the waters receded and the Noahic covenant followed. Even in our darkest hour, God will close the windows of Heaven to allow the unification and remarriage of His bride. Eventually, the waters will drain and the reconstruction process shall begin. God will spare us as He did with Noah and not like the angels that disobeyed Him but cast them into hell and committed them to the chains of darkness to be held until the judgment. The floodgates of Heaven will be poured out on us and the rain of remembrance will trickle down to each and every life.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Texas at this time and ask that they will continually hold fast to their faith just as God continually withdraw the waters.

“And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:5-8

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