Noah

There isn’t a word to describe how challenging teaching is. The workload is incredible, the pressure is intense, and the brightness of the spotlight which always stays on you is almost blinding. I was reading about Noah and the flood in the Bible this week and I felt a bit like I was drowning, submerged by the floodwaters of relentless planning and marking. But when I thought about it a bit more, there were some other things in the passage that have really encouraged me:

– Even though there are soooo many people in the world, God sees the individual and loves them so much!

– When the floodwaters rise, God protects those who are faithful to Him and doesn’t let them get submerged.

– Even during the flood, God’s promises are as true as they were before.

– God uses hardship to refine and bring about something better.

– The floodwaters will eventually go down!

Noah had to live by faith and obey for a loooong time before he saw any rain. This week has been so difficult, and I’ve had to keep going and have faith in myself and in God’s plan for my life even when I wasn’t seeing any fruit. Today was a really good day, though, and I’m thankful for that. However, I need to remember to keep positive and keep living by faith even when it’s tough; I need to remember that God loves me SO MUCH, that He is protecting me and won’t let me drown, and that His plan for my life is still the best.

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3 thoughts on “Noah

  1. Most reasonable people accept Noah to be simply a story and not something that really happened – but that doesn’t mean the story isn’t interesting, as far-fetched as it is. The most interesting thing about the Noah story is how it shows God making a mistake.

    Genesis 6:5-6

    5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
    6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

    To regret something means making a mistake – yet for some reason God is still portrayed as infallible by all Christians. How do we know he hasn’t made other mistakes?

    It’s an interesting, yet seldom (if ever) discussed passage.

    • Hey Mark! Good to hear from you.

      I looked up the meaning of regret in the Oxford English Dictionary, and it doesn’t mention anything about it meaning making a mistake. A good definition it offers is this:

      “To feel or express sorrow, distress, disappointment, etc., on account of (some event, fact, etc.)” [http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/161392].

      So rather than it showing God making a mistake, I see the word ‘regret’ as showing God’s sadness and disappointment at His creation choosing to follow a different path than the one He had planned for them. Why? Because He loved them so much and wanted them to have the best future possible rather than chasing after things that would never truly satisfy them. He is expressing His disappointment at the mistakes made by His creation (and their consequences), then, rather than suggesting He made a mistake Himself.

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