Read: Read Genesis 7:17 – 8:22
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
It rained forty days and forty nights. Noah was in the ark with his family and the animals. As the rain pounded the ark day after day, I am sure the occupants of the ark wondered if the rain would ever stop. Noah likely consoled his wife and family with God’s past record of faithfully caring for them.
The rain finally stopped and the sun came out to brighten Noah’s new world of water. The ark floated along on “the face of the waters” for a few more months until the waters decreased. It had been exactly five months from the day the deep was broken up and the heaven emptied its water until the ark bumped to a stop atop Mt Ararat. If Noah and his sons were as we are today, they probably were anxious to get off the ark. To discover if there was vegetation and dry ground, Noah sent out a raven and a dove.
Then after more than a year of living in the ark, God’s voice instructed Noah to leave the ark. He also gave the same command to him that He had given Adam. “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. Till the ground, sow seed, and reap harvest. Take care of the earth and all living creatures.”
Noah and his family responded to God’s faithfulness by building an altar unto the Lord God and offering burnt offerings. The sacrifices were a sweet savor unto the Lord—He loved it. He assured Noah of His faithfulness to generations following by saying, “I will not again curse the ground for man’s sake . . . neither will I kill every living thing. As long as the earth remains there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat . . .”
The songwriter says, “‘Great is Thy faithfulness,’ O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.” Regardless of how it appears to us in difficult times or during the storm, we can be assured of God’s faithfulness.
~Harold R. Troyer