From the very beginning, God is a God of second chances. From the very beginning, He is clear that we must try to live our lives according to His will.
Evil is woven into the fabric of human existence. When we turn away from God, evil will destroy us.
Evil is the absence of God. It is reflected in defiance of God’s will.
“When the Lord God saw the extent of human wickedness, and that the trend and direction of men’s lives were only towards evil, he was sorry he had made them. And it broke his heart.” (Genesis 6: 5-6)
With a heavy heart, God decided to destroy all mankind, animals, reptiles and birds because He was sorry he had made them. God decided to destroy all except Noah, his wife, his sons, their wives, and pairs of each kind of animal, reptile, and bird.
“… the crime rate was rising rapidly across the earth, and, as seen by God, it was rotten to the core. As God observed how bad it was, and saw that all mankind was vicious and depraved, he said to Noah, ‘I have decided to destroy all mankind; for the earth is filled with crime because of man. Yes, I will destroy mankind from the earth.” (Genesis 6:11-13)
God decided to save Noah and his family because “Noah was a pleasure to the Lord,” because Noah “was the only truly righteous man living on the earth at that time,” and because Noah “tried always to conduct his affairs according to God’s will.” (Genesis 6:8-10)
Noah may not have always lived his life according to God’s will, but Noah always tried. The fact that Noah always tried to do God’s will was enough to save mankind from extinction. Noah’s lifestyle persuaded God to give mankind a second chance.
God instructed Noah to build a great ship to save those who would be saved. God then sent a great flood that killed all living things except Noah, his family, and the pairs of animals, reptiles and birds that were on the ship that Noah built.
When the flood waters had subsided, Noah was grateful and showed his appreciation to God by offering the sacrifice that God desired.
“And Jehovah was pleased with the sacrifice and said to himself, ‘I will never do it again — I will never again curse the earth, destroying all living things, even though man’s bent is always toward evil from his earliest youth, and even though he does such wicked things. As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” (Genesis 8:21-22)
God promised Noah and his sons that he would never again send another flood to destroy the earth. And God sealed his promise with a rainbow.
I wonder as I read the news if, seen through the eyes of God, our world is again rotten to the core? I wonder how many true believers are in the world today? It only takes one to make a difference.
It’s rained a lot this winter and I’ve been blessed to see several rainbows. I pray that when God is reminded of His promise to Noah, He has no regrets. I am grateful for the second chance that God gave mankind. I’m grateful for the sacrifice His Son made on our behalf. I pray that God will help me try to always live my life according to His will. And I pray that God will make His will known to me and to the people of our world.