Genesis 6-8 and Luke 3
Genesis 6:8, Genesis 6:18, Genesis 7:15 and Luke 8:11
Genesis 6:8, 18 ~ God regretted creating man yet once again He was faithful to the man who found favor with Him – Noah. If we are looking to God, He will always be faithful to us.
Building of the Ark: a good friend pointed something out yesterday about this that really made me stop and think here is what she had to say: “One of the ideas that caught me was how obedient Noah was. He built that ark in the middle of dry ground…no water was anywhere nearby. I can only imagine the ridicule he got. . .yet he obeyed. That is what I want to do. Hear God’s voice and obey.” I couldn’t agree more. And after stopping and thinking about it, I wonder could I do that today if God asked it of me…..
Genesis 7:15 ~ God’s faithfulness and love is spoken once again “pairs of all creatures in which there was the breath of life entered the ark…” The breath of life that God first breathed into existence. Even though His heart was grieved by man, since we are made in His image He didn’t destroy everything. He left just enough behind not only to repopulate the earth but to supply Noah and his family with food. Really digging into this story and thinking about it really shows how much God loves us and the great lengths He goes to for us – even if at first glance a situation seems devastating
Genesis 8:11 ~ I love the visual image of this – the dove presenting Noah with an olive branch. I imagine how when arguments and disagreements occur, someone ultimately has to offer an olive branch to the other person so that the relationship can heal. I see God, through the dove, doing that with Noah, as in “Noah, I know you don’t understand but just keep having faith in Me.” I wonder in our busy and chaotic filled lives how many olive branches have we missed that God has been holding out to us?
Luke 3:8-9 ~ John the Baptist is trying to show the people, that their actions need to be in line with God’s Word and not just rely on family heritage to Abraham to save them. That alone is not enough, they must also produce good fruits – bringing God to others, living a life for God. Not just a rulebook that has no feeling behind it. Here too is a reminder to me that just because I am saved by Jesus I need to bring the Good News of Jesus to others and live my life as a reflection of Him. Not because it will “buy” my way into Heaven, Jesus already paid that price, but because as His follower I am called to go above and beyond what’s expected. I want to be so filled with Jesus that I desire everyone to know and want Him in their lives. I want to live in expectation of His return.
How will I apply today’s Scripture readings to my life? I will remember and focus on how faithful God has been to me in the past and present. I will give Him my future knowing He already has it secure, no matter what happens. I will take advantage of any moments throughout the day (a long stop light, traffic jam, long check out lane, doctor’s waiting room, carpool line, etc.) to listen for God and look to Him, not man and man’s opinion as Noah did while being ridiculed by those around him.
I will search my heart and extend an olive branch to those I need to forgive.
In all things I am responsible for daily I will measure my success not by man but by asking “have I given God the very best I could in this area today?” Knowing that it will differ due to task and circumstances. Some days giving Him my very best in say the area of housework will be to clean every room completely. Other days my very best would only be to say clean out my sock drawer. It’s not a matter of how much I do, it’s what condition my heart is in towards God. One of my favorite lines in the movie Facing the Giants is when the coach tells his star player “it’s easy to walk off the field when things are going good but when things are against you and you stay on the field – that’s who you are!” Not the exact words but that’s how I remember it. So some days doing the smallest task with a full heart for Jesus and letting Him control my day is the biggest accomplishment.
Dear Jesus once again, I thank You for this time spent with you, for the ability nd freedom to openly read Your Word. I can not imagine not begin able to own a Bible or read Your Word with fear of losing my life. I ask your special protection on all Christians who are living a life for You in areas where it cold cost them their lives. I pray for all Christians who are not able to have Your Word in their possession. Please be with them today and everyday, keep them safe from all harm, extend to them an olive branch so they know they are not alone and bless them with extra courage.
You gift me with all the good gifts that make me the person You created me to be. help me to know and find your will and to trust that You will help me to understand the path You call me to journey in life. Where there is doubt give me courage. Give me a heart open to Your quiet voice so that I can hear Your call to me. Help me to know Your faithfulness and help me to be faithful to that which You call me to. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. ~AMEN.