Have you ever felt forgotten? We all have. One of the things that can help us tremendously is to ‘remember.’ Remember what? You are not forgotten.
Let’s start with Genesis 8:1-2 (NIV), “But God remembered Noah…” ( I love how this chapter begins.) “and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.” Go back and read Genesis 6 where God gave Noah specific instructions. No matter what others said or did, Noah followed God’s instructions. He was obedient. He followed every precise detail. Noah was “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:9 . In Chapter 7 the rain and floodwaters came.
Let’s think of our lives so that we can see this in our past, present or a future situation. I want to encourage you to walk in complete obedience to God, no matter what. Rain was something new to them. When it started coming down, the people who thought Noah was out of his mind soon realized he was prepared for what was ahead. I don’t know what you’re facing right now or what’s coming. Maybe it’s a trial or a test that you’ve never experienced before. Please don’t stop trusting God because of what others say or do around you. Please obey, even when things feel uncomfortable. Noah’s obedience saved his life and the lives of his family, along with the animals that God used to replenish the earth. God wants and uses our obedience to encourage, help, and save other people’s lives and souls. Isn’t it something how at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water had gone down? I just want us all to remember that our storms won’t last forever.
Look at Mark 4:35-41. After Jesus was teaching parables by the sea, He told the disciples he wanted to go over to the other side. Next, he sent the multitude away and they got into the ship. “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” Where was Jesus? “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, don’t you care that we will perish in this storm? He was with them, but they panicked, like we do sometimes. Jesus was resting, which is a lesson for us. “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
We can see from the Old and New Testaments that storms don’t last forever. Even if it feels like we’re going to perish, all we have to do is remember Who is with us the whole time. We have Jesus, the Prince of Peace and God can help us, even in the middle of a storm, to have a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7).
Whether it’s for a day, a week, a year or some years, God won’t let our storms last forever. Let’s be like Noah and walk in complete obedience. Let’s not be fearful, like the disciples were. Let’s have faith and keep the faith no matter what lies ahead of us. Nothing catches God by surprise. Jesus is still calming storms. He’s still working miracles. He’s still healing. He’s still saving. We are His hands and feet. God used Noah. He has to use us. Let’s obey. Don’t give up. The storms began and will eventually end.
Remember, God didn’t forget about Noah, and He doesn't forget about you and me.
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