Anyone who has a hard time believing that there’s a God, due to the bad things that happen in life, needs to spend a few minutes with Genesis Seven. Here’s the thing, it says in the previous chapter that “all people on earth had corrupted their ways.” All people. All people? Babies? Old ladies? Surely there were people who were less offensive than others, or who hadn’t even had a chance to offend yet. But still, every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out. (vs. 23) This is difficult – impossible even – to accept with the politically-correct mindset of today’s culture; believing every person and every thing is innately good and deserves happiness and protection from harm. And that God can only exist if he lives up to this standard. But then there’s Genesis Seven.
His sovereignty is clear here. He caused every animal that lived on land or in the air to come to Noah (vs. 9, 15) – there was no capturing involved. Once Noah’s family was settled with the animals inside the ark, the Lord shut them in. (vs. 16) And then – not before, waters increased, lifting the arc high above the earth; covering the mountains more than twenty feet. (vs. 17, 20)
There are really only two responses to this. Either we dismiss the Bible as a man-made book, not believing in a God who could be such a tyrant. Or…we accept the Bible as Truth and accept by faith that God sees the big picture – not just the ‘dot’ on the timeline – and that his actions are for our ultimate good. Not to trivialize this point, but think of the reaction of a toddler who is disciplined harshly for chasing a ball into the street. He doesn’t get it….yet. And neither do we.
It’s why I choose to trust that scripture is Truth:
- I was made by you, with a purpose. (Psalm 139:13-17)
- I have hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11)
- He gives my soul rest. (Matthew 11:28-29)
- He give power when I am weak. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
- My needs will be supplied. (Philippians 4:19)
- Nothing will ever separate me from his love…nothing. (Romans 8:37-39)
- I don’t have to be overcome by fear. (Proverbs 1:33; John 14:27)
- I am saved from eternal Hell. (Romans 10:9)
- I have eternal life in Heaven. (Romans 6:23)
Genesis Seven reminds me that God will do what he will do. It’s my job to learn from Noah. He walked faithfully with God. He listened to God. He did everything just as God commanded. And most of all, his actions and the choice he made to believe God’s Word as truth had an overwhelming impact on his entire family. His faithfulness saved them from destruction. Profound.