Anglican Devotional 25 June 2024: God Remembered Noah

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 25 June 2024 – God Remembered Noah

TOPIC: God Remembered Noah

READ: Genesis 8: 1-19 (NKJV)

  1. Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that [were] with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.
  2. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
  3. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.
  4. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
  5. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth [month,] on the first [day] of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
  6. So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.
  7. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.
  8. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.
  9. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters [were] on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself.
  10. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark.
  11. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf [was] in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
  12. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.
  13. And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first [month,] the first [day] of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.
  14. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
  15. Then God spoke to Noah, saying,
  16. “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
  17. “Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that [is] with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
  18. So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
  19. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, [and] whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

THE MESSAGE:

The scripture reveals that God remembered Noah in the ark during the flood (verse 1a). This act portrays God’s timely intervention and faithful love towards His children in times of distress. When God remembers an individual in a time of trouble, the following would happen:

  1. The wind of comfort will replace the existing atmosphere of tumult (verse 1b).
  2. The terrible waters will dry up and drowning will be prevented (verse 2).
  3. The storm will be calmed (verse 4).
  4. Strange coverings will disappear (verse 13).

Friend, there are conditions on which God can remember us as He did Noah and his family. One of such is godly living, especially in the midst of a perverse generation like ours. This requires shining as light in a generation that embraces darkness. Today, it is saddening to realise that the children of God who are expected to shine as light are gradually adopting the corrupt practices of this generation. Noah lived in a rebellious generation, but he was righteous before God (Genesis 7: 1). God is still looking for men that will live wholly and holy for Him, even in this crooked age. As we trust God to hear us when we call on His name, we must also respond to His commands with complete and timely obedience. Our God is omniscient and He always remembers His children.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to always live for You so that I may be remembered for good, Amen.

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