If you're not already reading with us, it's not too late to join. I am very excited that we are reading through the Bible together as a church body. During my private devotions I've always read from the New Testament, but not much from the O.T. It is awesome that we are already on our way to reading through the Old Testament. 2013 is going to be incredible. As I have been seeking the Lord in regards to this new year, the word that the Lord has been speaking to me, is that this is a year of "Coming Together" for our church. We are a church of the Generations. Today is day 3 of 365, and our reading is in Genesis(6-9), on the life of Noah. Has anyone attempted to visualize the dimensions of this ark? Its length is the equivalent to one and a half football fields. It is half a football fields width, and 45 feet tall. This boat was enormous and built like a missile.
I'd like to leave you with a few thoughts from today's devotion. Genesis 6:11 " Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence." (I wonder if God feels like the earth is full of violence today?) God speaks to Noah telling him that He is going to destroy both mankind and the earth. In Ge. 6:9 it says that Noah was a righteous man, and he walked faithfully with God. The first amazing thing about Noah was that he walked with God. He was relational with God. When God spoke to him he hears and recognizes God's voice. God is alive and active. He is not motionless, He is not still. He is always speaking. If we are not hearing His voice, we shouldn't assume that this means that God is not speaking. Jesus references the destruction of the flood in Mt. 24. He says in the days of Noah, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. Mt. 24:39 " they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them away." The irony here is that people were starting marriages on the same day they were going to be destroyed. They had no understanding of the destruction that was coming to take their lives. Not only was Noah able to hear God's warning but he was obedient to do what God told him.
It is also amazing how God protected Noah. Noah and his family were in the earth during this time of destruction. But, God's provision was around Noah. The instrument of destruction (the flood) did not harm him or his family. Noah was insulated in the ark from the destruction that was all around him. Amazingly the same flood waters that was sent to cause total destruction is the same waters that caused Noah and his family to rise to safety. God gives His protection and provision to the righteous in the midst of the storm. In Psalms 91:5 the psalmist writes, "You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness..." Verse 15 " He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble..."
Noah walked with God, Noah heard God's voice, Noah listened and was obedient, and Noah received God's provision in the midst of the storm.