DECEMBER 18, Genesis 7:11, 12, 17-19
The world’s worst flood in modern times took place in 1931 when China’s Yellow River burst its banks and overflowed into its surrounding areas, killing up to 3 million people. The areas near the River are prone to floods because of 2 main reasons: the expanse of at ground that lies around it and the melting of the ice dams in the north of the River, which causes a gush of water into the River. However, that flood cannot be compared with the global flood in the days of Noah, recorded for us in today’s text. Not only were the humans and animals living in a certain area affected, God said that He would destroy “every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth”.
Verse 19 also tells us “all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven,were covered”. This clearly tells us that the floodwaters were so high that it reached the top of every hill in the whole world then. Everything was covered with water. No creature could escape; no place was dry. There was water everywhere. Because of the wickedness of the people of the world at that time, all living creatures died, except the eight humans in the Ark, and all the animals brought in by them.
God commanded Noah to build the ark. God gave Noah the specifications of the ark, its length, its breadth, its height and even the type of wood to be used to build the ark. Noah did all that the Lord commanded. Noah had faith in the Lord. In the end only Noah, his wife, and his sons, and their wives went into the ark and were saved from the flood. The Lord preserved Noah and his family but all others perished. People today are a little like the people then. No one living today has seen Jesus in the flesh and so they do not believe in Him. But God said “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb11:1) So, this is faith; to believe even though we do not see. We simply believe in God just as a young child believes in his parents without questioning.
Dear child, do you believe God, or the world?
Thought: May I always believe GOD and His word.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to learn lessons of faith from the global flood that covered the face of the earth in Noah’s time. May I always put my whole faith in You, and this I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.