Some conversations can only take place with certain people. God watched the progression of mankind and saw “that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually… and it grieved Him in His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6). There are rare times when God shares His feelings with someone who has a measure of understanding. God had one person — Noah.
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (6:8). “And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (6:13). Imagine receiving news like this and still trusting God.
Noah’s family and the animals on the ark were the only life that existed in the new world. This caused much gratitude with Noah and he “built an altar to the Lord and…offered burnt offerings on the altar” (8:20). God was pleased with Noah’s response for sparing them through a judgment that should have been theirs also.
This prompted a second conversation between God and Noah. “ “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done” (8:21). “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (9:1). From that moment forward, God has kept His promise to Noah; a man who walked with God (6:9). It was a conversation that resulted in life!
How do your conversations with God end? Do they include the promise of life?
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