God remembered Noah. Genesis 8:1
What lovely words. Noah had been a long time in the ark. Did he think God forgot him? I don’t know. But God was working His plan and did not forget him! And makes a special point of telling us He remembered Noah!
I thought of Joseph.
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Ah, but God remembered Joseph!
What about you?
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work
and the love which you have shown toward His name,
in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
and the LORD gave attention and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before Him
for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
Oh, so wonderful! The Lord doesn’t forget His servants. He’s got a book of remembrance! He doesn’t need the reminders and He never forgets, it is just a precious way for us to see that He remembers.
I love Nehemiah’s words…
Remember me, O my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
Remember me for this, O my God,
and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed
for the house of my God and its services.
For this also remember me,
O my God, and have compassion on me
according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Remember me, O my God, for good.
And God does! Wonderful. And when God remembered,
He caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.
I’m rejoicing today that God is working His plans, remembering His own people. It also makes me think how important it is for me to remember Him. To be a person who fears His name and esteems Him.
Then the LORD said to Noah,
Enter the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.
God had a rescue plan for Noah but Noah had to enter it.
God has a rescue plan for people today. He is the Lord Jesus. When Jesus died He endured God’s judgment just like the rain falling on the ark. If you want to be saved you must be in Christ. Enter now! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth,
and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth,
and He was grieved in His heart.
The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky;
for I am sorry that I have made them."
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
,,,Noah walked with God.
So many thoughts this morning! Twice it says that the Lord was sorry he made man. He was grieved. The earth was filled with violence and God was about to punish the world with a flood, but one man found grace. God saved Noah by His grace.
Today the earth is again filled with violence. God sent His Son because He so loved the world. God is patient, but He will judge again. Run to claim His grace.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come He might show
the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
On this cold fall morning I was thinking of walking in the park when I read this. How lovely to walk with God! It means to live a life of sweet fellowship with God That’s what I want. I was reminded of this verse.
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
What a walk! One of the old radio preachers used to say
“Walk with the King today and be a blessing!”
Let’s do it!
If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?
And if you do not do well,
sin is crouching at the door;
and its desire is for you,
but you must master it.
This is such an important warning from the Lord. Sin is pictured as a crouching animal waiting, ready to pounce and eat it’s desire…me! What a scary picture. I need to view sin this way. What must I do? Master it. Not let it work it’s will on me. Lord, help me view sin like You do. Help me to tame the wild beast.
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone;
I will make him a helper suitable for him."
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field
and every bird of the sky,
and brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
and to the birds of the sky,
and to every beast of the field,
but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man,
and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man,
and brought her to the man.
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man."
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother,
and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
". . . the whole account of woman's creation has a poetic flavor: it is certainly mistaken to read it as an account of a clinical operation or as an attempt to explain some feature of man's anatomy . . . Rather, it brilliantly depicts the relation of man and wife. . . a relationship characterized by harmony and intimacy between the partners." Wenham
What stood out to me today was how God presented woman to the man as a gift. She was taken from man and given back to him. How lovely of God! I’m asking myself today how I am doing as God's gift given to my husband?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
How important is this fact? I’ve been thinking about these very truths this week.
In our Acts lesson last night, when people started worshiping Paul he said. "Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.”
Do you know the response?
Even saying these things, with difficulty
they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium,
and having won over the crowds,
they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing him to be dead.
I was talking with a girl this week who asked about same sex couples. Wasn’t it wrong to judge people who do that? I showed her Romans 1. Do you know what God points to in the discussion about same sex couples? Creation!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
because that which is known about God is evident within them;
for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.
God not only created the world, but reveals Himself through His creation. People can see there is a God just by looking at what He made. This demands a response. If God is the Creator, you aren’t in charge. There is no excuse. You are responsible and accountable to Creator God. What is your response?
I’m so grateful I have a Creator who loves me so much that He sent His Son to bring me to Himself. Wonderful, amazing grace!
The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
This is the woman I want to be! And I want to hang out with women like this!
Two things I asked of You,
Do not refuse me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me,
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion,
That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?"
Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
I love this prayer.
First he wanted his spiritual life to be true. No deception or lies. In fact, he wanted to live far away from that kind of life. Me too!
Second, he wanted neither poverty, because that would tempt him to steal, or riches, because that would tempt him to not need God.
I love it! It reminded me of these verses today.
'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
"Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation;
the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
When He arrived at the place, He said to them,
"Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
What a great prayer for the day. For life!
An arrogant man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
This jumped out at me today. Trust in the Lord and you prosper. Trust in your own heart and you are a fool. Hmmmm. Let me think. Do I want to prosper or be a fool? I better say no to my own heart, my own ideas, my own way and seek the Lord!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight .
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!