I was in a moment of quiet time with God this week and I was reminded of a song I hadn’t listened to in many many years; God Has Not 4Got by Tonex . ( I know Tonex has made some life choices that no longer coincide with the word of God but this song of his speaks volumes still!)
The song led me to go back and look at the story of Noah and the Ark. I’ve often wondered how Noah must have felt during this process. Noah was living in a time where the people God had created were at their utmost worst. God had had enough with them and was going to destroy them. However, Noah found favour with God because of his blameless behaviour. God established a covenant with Noah and his family.
However, God had a few instructions for Noah. First off, He was told by God to build this huge ark for this supposed flood that was going to happen one day. Although he was ridiculed and ostracized by the very people God was set to destroy , Noah persevered and did what he was told . He was to bring his family, creatures of the earth, sea and sky aboard this ark and then await God’s instructions.
So for years on end Noah built this ark always remembering the promise God made with him. He was mocked mercilessly but one day….finally, the flood waters came down, raining non stop for 40 days and 40 nights. Now if I was Noah, I would have been starting to get a little stir crazy at this point.
Then, after that 40th day the rains stopped…. but the earth was still flooded and for an additional 150 days. 150 days is just about 5 months. Personally, 5 months cooped up in a boat with my family and animals and creatures of the land, sky and the sea…. is frightening! (lol) Even though God had saved us, I would honestly be thinking, ” Has God forgotten about us in here?”
But Noah still had faith and he waited patiently to hear from God. However, after the initial 5 months there was still almost a year before the waters receded completely.
Still Noah waited.
He sent out a raven and the raven came back confirming that the earth was still flooded…. Noah sent out a dove several times…
The earth was still flooded…
Finally after over a year of patiently waiting on God, The earth was finally was dry and God commanded Noah and his family to come out of the ark.
In the end, is where we find the covenant that God made with Noah and His people that still stands today. It is here that we learn the significance of the rainbow
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
The bible doesn’t specify if Noah and God had any communication during this time but what I love about this whole story ( and what ties this whole story into the song) is in the beginning of Genesis chapter 8 verse 1 which simply states:
“But God remembered Noah….”
Through all of this, God remembered Noah.
No matter what you are going through or where God has placed you, He has not forgotten you!
Just like God made a covenant with Noah, He also made a promise with us . He promised to never leave us or forsake us. You may be going through some serious hardships, but remember God has not forgotten you. As we see with Noah, It took what seemed like a long time for God’s promise to come to fruition. But what did we see? God came through! Everything that God has predestined and planned for your life will come to pass! Why? Simply because He is God and He has yet to break a promise.
Don’t give up.
You are not forgotten! Sometime promises take time to be fulfilled…
So just like Noah stay faithful, stay humble and be patient!
Till next time,