13So he told Noah:
Cruelty and violence have spread everywhere. Now I'm going to destroy the whole earth and all its people.14Get some good lumber and build a boat. Put rooms in it and cover it with tar inside and out.15Make it 133 meters long, 22 meters wide, and 13 meters high.16Build a roof on the boat and leave a space of about 44 centimeters between the roof and the sides. Make the boat three stories high and put a door on one side.
17I'm going to send a flood that will destroy everything that breathes! Nothing will be left alive.18But I solemnly promise that you, your wife, your sons, and your daughters-in-law will be kept safe in the boat.
The Story of Noah
Day 1 | Flooding the Whole Earth?
The fact that God destroyed the whole earth with a flood is not easy to believe, nor a simple history for God’s people to understand, is it? You may wonder, “How can that be the action of a loving God? Was there really no alternative?”
What do you do with narratives that make you uncomfortable?
God’s actions often make no sense to us. Throughout Scripture, God both reveals himself and remains hidden in mystery. At times, he is beyond knowing. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isa. 55:9, CEV).
In the story of Noah, when all seems hopeless and out of control, when God has communicated his displeasure with humankind and his desire to destroy everyone and everything, a turning point comes. A point of light. A pin prick of hope. This is signaled by one, small word in Scripture: “But.”
“But the LORD was pleased with Noah” (Gen.6:8, CEV).
While everyone on earth went their own way, Noah went God’s way. Noah walked in close relationship with him. Although Noah may not have perfectly understood God’s purposes all of the time, Noah had walked with God long enough to believe this essential truth:
Even when we don’t understand his actions, God is good.
Can you, like Noah, believe that God’s essential nature is good even when you don’t understand what he is doing or why he is doing it?
Find a place near your home where you can sit beside “still waters” for some quiet reflection. Read through Psalm 103 and reflect on the areas of your life in which you are having trouble seeing God’s goodness.
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