A couple Sundays ago, I gave the message at our church. I felt compelled to encourage our congregation with a message on hope. I used the account of Noah and the flood in the book of Genesis to illustrate hope.
A quick overview: God instructed Noah to build an ark to save his family and two of every animal. As soon as the ark was completed, God brought the rains to flood the earth. It rained for 40 days and night and the earth was covered with water for 150 days. Can you imagine being cooped up on an ark for 150 days? Genesis 8:1 says, “God remembered Noah and sent a wind over the earth and the waters receeded.”
I want to stop here for a moment and ask you…are you in the middle of a flood? Do you feel like you are stranded in circumstances that you cannot control? Are you feeling like your problems are rising up around you and that you feel like you might drown? If so, you’re not alone. I’m sure Noah felt some of that. I want to remind you of something today…just in case you’re seeing no chance of hope and you’re thinking God has forgotten about you…read Genesis 8:1 again, “God remembered Noah.” God didn’t leave Noah on that ark forever; God didn’t forget about Noah. He kept him on the ark until it was safe for him to come out. God loves you just as much as He loved Noah. He hasn’t forgotten you. He will dry up the waters and bring you out when it’s safe.
Will you cling on to that today? God hasn’t forgotten about you…even if you think He has. Go to Him today with any situations you may be experiencing. Trust He’ll dry up your flood waters and bring you out safely. Hebrews 13:5 reads, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” God loves you and will show you so. Be encouraged with that today.
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