As the flood waters subsided in Noah’s day, God stays true to His promise. So it is today with all the turmoil in this world, God will keep His promises and will do exactly what He says He will do. As we examine Genesis chapter eight, we discover six undeniable truths about God.
God know those who are His (v. 1). The very first phrase of this passage says, “And God remembered Noah.” As the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth and Noah and his family goes into the ark, God does not leave Noah alone. He is with him all the way and he never forgets him. If you have believed on the Lord Jesus for your salvation, you can rest assured that God will never forget you. Your salvation is secure. Consider 1 John 5:11-13. We know that our salvation is secure because of the promise we receive from the Word of God. Hebrews 13:5 says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” We are safe in the palm of God’s hand and no man can pluck us out of the hand of God. If you have believed on the Lord Jesus and have given your life to Him, you are a child of God. God knows His children and He will never abandon His children.
Grace flows from the wrath of God (v. 2-5). God had every right to leave the world as it was. He could have destroyed it all and would have been just to do so. Yet, in the midst of God’s wrath, we see grace. The waters return to their place and land appears and life begins afresh and anew. The older I get the more appreciative and amazed I am of the grace of God. We cannot blame God when He is angry. We cannot blame God when He allows pain and suffering in the world. We cannot blame God for allowing natural disasters that brings great devastation. We cannot blame God for allowing the powers that be to wage war and destroy precious lives. All of the pain, suffering, and destruction we see in our world is brought upon us because we live in a sin-cursed world and there is no one to blame other than our sin nature. We are the ones who have turned our backs on God. We are the ones that rebel. We are the ones that sin and participate in all manners of evil. There is none who are a righteous. God would certainly be just to destroy us all. But, God is rich in mercy and grace and He loves us too much to not give us a chance to repent and turn to Him. Think of all the times throughout history when man nearly destroyed himself, yet somehow we survived. How? It was God. Think of all the times when man has risen from the ashes of destruction. How? It was God. It is by the grace of God that we have not already destroyed ourselves. Even when we rebel and sin and deny Him, yet He gives us grace. How do we know this? We are still living. Every breath you take is a gift from God. Does God execute wrath on this earth? Yes. If He did not, then He would no longer be holy and He would cease to be God. Yet, in the midst of it all, there is grace.
God’s timing is perfect (v. 6-14). Noah waited patiently in the ark for the waters to subside. The lesson we learn here is that God’s timing is perfect. You may be going through a difficult time right now and you are waiting for the flood waters in your life to subside. But, rest assured, God knows what He is doing and He has the perfect way and time to free you from your situation. Most of the trouble we get ourselves into is when we get ahead of God and we try to solve life’s problems on our own. We need to learn to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and wait for God to show us what He wants us to do. Even though it is hard for us to let go and surrender, we must understand that God has a plan and His plan is executed in His time. We must submit to His ways and avoid the temptation to take matters into our own hands.
God’s plan is always best (v. 15-19). Notice in verse 16 that God says to Noah, “Go forth..” There comes a point when we must recognize that God’s plan is always best. We need to learn to ‘go forth’ when God says to go. There are many people today that are still in the ark. They have their salvation but that is it. They do not attempt to do anything for the Kingdom of God. They are stagnant and full of fear. My friend, don’t stay in the ark. God has an amazing plan for your life. God wants to do great things in and through you. Don’t stay in the ark where it is comfortable. Break out of your comfort zone and be all that God created you to be. Live life to the fullest and embrace God’s plan with joy, vigor, and excitement. There are many adventures waiting for you outside the ark. God has great things in store for you. Don’t waste your life sitting in the ark. ‘Go forth’ and live your life for the glory of God!
God responds to worship (v. 20-21). As soon as Noah comes out of the ark, he builds an altar to the Lord and worships Him. The smell of worship reaches the throne of God as a sweet savor. As the scripture says, “God inhabits the praise of His people.” God is pleased when His people truly worship Him and offer up praise to Him. If we want God to respond to us, then we need to respond to Him in worship. Even though it is hard to grasp, when I am counselling with someone who is going through a crisis in life, I often encourage them to just praise the Lord. Make it a personal habit to sing songs of praise to God every day. Make it a habit to give words of thanksgiving to God every moment that you can. When you simply worship God with a pure heart, He will respond.
God is constant and sure (v. 22). The final verse of chapter 8 concludes with the thought that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. One of the greatest comforts in life is to know that you can count on God. He is always there with His arms wide open ready and waiting to embrace you. Nothing in life is sure. There is nothing in this life that you can count on. But, you can count on God. He is sure. He is steadfast. He is constant.
God is everything to us. He is loving, compassionate, and full of grace and mercy. We must learn to trust Him. We must learn to surrender to His plan. You can always count on God, can God count on you? Will you trust Him today? Will you believe in Him?