11 The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of people who did mean and harmful things. 12 God saw how sinful the earth had become. All its people were living very sinful lives. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to everyone. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. I am certainly going to destroy them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out. 15 Here is how I want you to build it. The ark has to be 450 feet long. It has to be 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it. Leave below the roof an opening all the way around that is a foot and a half high. Put a door in one side of the ark. Make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. It will destroy every living creature that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will make my covenant with you. You will go into the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you. 19 Bring a male and a female of every living thing into the ark. They will be kept alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will also come to you. And so will two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground. All of them will be kept alive with you. 21 Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away as food for you and them.” 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
As I read this very familiar story, the question came to mind, why didn’t God just destroy everything and start again? The God who spoke the world into existence had the power to create all of the animals and mankind once again and establish a complete fresh start. But He didn’t do it that way.
It seems to me that in this act of saving Noah, his family and the animals, God is revealing to us a part of His character as a redeemer of things that are broken. I’m so glad that God doesn’t just give up on us when we are broken and in need of His help.
I’m grateful and I’m humbled by this. It’s also a good reminder to me that if I want to reflect God’s character in my life, then I need to be one who doesn’t give up on others who are broken and imperfect (like me).
Written by Shelley Witt