And God remembered… Genesis 8:1 (KJV)
After 150 days the flood waters that had been sent in judgment, to cleanse the earth of its sinfulness, were receding! After tumbling around within a dark wave tossed ark, through what seemed like an endless abyss, Genesis 8 (KJV) begins with… God remembered.
Now do not be mistaken, it was not that God had EVER forgotten about Noah! Rather quite the contrary!! Noah had been held in remembrance even in the dark, when he could see no end and quite possibly, felt cut off from God as he weathered the dark unknown trial of a lifetime!
Genesis 8 begins noting God’s continual remembrance and by the end we are given a reminder for ourselves. Verse 22 holds our sticky note reminder in the form of the changing seasons. With every change of the seasons we are reminded He is our Sustainer through every life season we must weather.
However, like Noah in the cold dark scary smelly “arks” of life’s situations and circumstances it can be easy to forget our proper perspective and Truthful Word. The word “Spirit” in Genesis 1:2 at the beginning of creation, is the word rendered “wind” in Genesis 8:1, post flood! God was breathing a second chance over all the earth!! He saw great purpose and value PAST the trial and the sin that once consumed the entire world!!
Dear one, through whatever has consumed your world for however many seasons, you are not forgotten, but rather held and seen by a God who loves you enduringly! You are unfailingly loved with passion and a purpose past your mistakes and failures, struggles and trials! Hope springs new with each changing season; with each page turn of your life. TRUST your Author!!
God knew the trials of this world would distort, discourage and distract us from the Truth, so He said in Luke 22:19 …do this in remembrance of me.” Through the act of communion we remember Jesus, His willing sacrifice, His poured out blood and broken body to save ours. God saw the trials and all the sin, He knew it all and still said, “She’s worth it. He is worth it. I still want her. I still want him. They are precious and valuable to Me.” And then Jesus rose again and overcame it ALL! There is now nothing that can overpower the child of God (1 John 4:4).
So even if we feel we can’t hear God in the trial, it’s in remembering His Word ALREADY spoken through His sacrifice on the cross and His overcoming resurrection that we find a sustaining Hope we can embrace. You have a Truthful word of love spoken over you that transcends all trials and endures eternally. If you hear nothing else, remember that dear one.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) YOU are loved.