Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. [a] , [b] 21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Some will look at this as a completely negative reading. Gloom and destruction, and an example of the "wrath" of an angry God. Part of it is. I can sugar coat a lot of things, but when the whole earth is covered with twenty feet of water for 150 days and all of the animals die, that’s pretty severe.
God worked miracles in this story as well. How did Noah and his boys gather all of these animals? I have hunted and herded enough to know that gathering pairs of all the animals would be impossible. With God’s help, we can do anything. I think that Noah’s round up was benefitted by God. He probably only opened the doors of the ark and the animals, selected by God, showed up and loaded themselves. After having loaded thousands of cattle in my life, to me this is a BIG miracle.
Noah and his family and personal zoo had to co-exist for a long time. The tiger and the lamb had to be together in tight quarters for half a year and not kill each other. The miracles kept coming. Miracles still come. Sometimes our lives look so negative. There is gloom and destruction, and it seems as if God is punishing us. God is always there. Wherever God is, there can be miracles. We just need to be ready to see them.
Prayer-God, Thank you for all the miracles you do for us. Help me see the world as an opportunity to serve you better. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today-Read Genesis 8:1-14, look for miracles.