One of the streaming media services had a great commercial. They had this well-known actor over-dramatizing the end of a TV series he’d been watching. He declared he was now in a “show hole!” Similarly, as I was reading Genesis, I mused about what Noah might have been thinking when God shut the door. That was the end of everything he had known, except God. Indeed, Noah was in a “show hole!”
God is so good to us. Amid universal judgment, God provided a way of escape for the one that walked with Him (and his family) and God “tucked” Noah in like a father tucks a child in at night.There is so much we can learn in Genesis, chapter seven, especially what we can learn about God’s heart.
Noah lived what King David proclaimed in Psalms 46:1-2: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” The contents of this Psalm is precisely what happened to Noah. This Psalm is not just an encouraging song; it is proven truth!
As I prayed today, I asked Jesus to help me take my eyes off the waves and fix them on Him. The sea may rage around me, but my place of peace is in Him. There are some severe problems in my family and with my health. No doubt, you also have a set of issues that seem to be resistant to prayer. I want to assure you that nothing is immune to prayer: nothing.
For my wife and I, a chapter of our life is closing. Like a good book we are left with our storyline still advancing as this chapter closes – some things are answered, new ideas are appearing, there’s a bit of suspense as to what’s in this next chapter; indeed the protagonists are at the proverbial fork in the road. I feel “show hole” loss for what has been familiar is ending.
I’m thankful we get to be characters in such an exciting story. Likewise, I confident God has you in an exiting story. Maybe some of us will be remembered well by later generations; no doubt some of us will be forgotten. Nevertheless, you and I are in God’s book of rememberers (Malachi 3:16).
My prayer for all of us is that God will make a way where there is no way. Let’s rest in Psalms 25:2, “I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.“
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