Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 10, 2019

Best Promise Ever

“Behold, I (God) establish my covenant with you (Noah) and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.” Genesis 9:9-10 (ESV)

I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to rock in a big boat rain pouring down that they’d never seen before. Probably was scary to hear the screams of those drowning and the waters rising. Can’t say I haven’t tried to figure out what it was like with all those animals sharing a confined space. I imagine it got pretty loud, smelly and bothersome at times. Dare I mention my thoughts of needing solitude amongst so many. And where was God in the midst of this all – over 40 days of pure silence. Regardless of the challenges, cramped quarters, questions and doubts rising to the surface, Noah and his family were safe.

Love the way God sends the wind and dries up the earth. At just the right moment, He finally speaks, “Go out of the ark.” Don’t know about you but my feet would have been moving fast. Fresh air never felt so good. Bright skies were never sunnier. Firm land felt good to shaky feet. Yet Noah didn’t absorb the beauty around him without first building an altar to his God. “The Lord smelled a soothing aroma” – words pouring out of scripture for Noah’s sweet offering.

Despite my fascination and intrigue gotta admit my fave part of this amazing truth. Wonder what it was like gazing up in wonder as God splashed vibrant colors across the sky – first rainbow ever. Promises from God of a perfect covenant. Never again would there be a flood to destroy the whole earth, His people and every living creature. A promise we still see filling up the sky. A promise we can cling to even in the midst of our own drenching downpours. A covenant that extended from Noah to us.

Sweet reminder – our God is the keeper of His words. What He promises He will fulfill. What He says will happen. What He claims will come to pass. Jesus, the Son of God, is exactly like His Father. When He promised to come back for us, He meant it every word. He’s preparing a place for those who put their faith and trust in Him. A promise we can count on even on our hardest days.

“Father, life in this world never seems to get easier, so we cling to Your words that one day we will live with You forever – what a glorious day!”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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