On the commemoration of Noah today, we read about God’s promise to never flood the entire earth again. Our devotion comes from LifeLight: Genesis, Part 1—Leaders Guide.
Read Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Promises. Promises. Life is filled with promises. Contracts, marriages, hopes and dreams, love and faith—so much depends on promises.
Following the great flood, in which all but one family had been destroyed, Noah and his family left the ark. It had been about a year since Noah had been on dry land, and the first thing we hear of him doing after leaving the ark is that he built an altar and made a sacrifice to God. Then God made a twofold promise—He would never again destroy the world with a flood, and He would continue to provide the seasons and life-giving crops.
What a tremendous promise this is! As long as the world lasts, there will be seasons for planting and harvesting. God says He will provide for life on earth. From this promise we can learn a number of lessons. One is that God is reliable. During the hundreds, the thousands, of years since Noah and his family left the ark, God has never failed to bless the earth with crops to sustain life. This alone ought to be enough to lead us to do as Jesus has commanded us: trust in God to provide and not worry about tomorrow. And is it not a special reminder to us of how thankful we can be that God not only provides for us, but that He does so richly and daily? In spite of our complaining about rising costs and financial shortfalls, we still have been blessed by God beyond measure when it comes to those gifts that preserve our lives on earth.
This promise is only one among many promises of our Creator. In addition to His promise to meet our physical needs, He promises help in hard times and in sickness. He promises that brighter days will always follow dark days. He promises to answer all of our prayers. God promises strength to resist temptation. And, in Christ, He promises the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven. In His love, God even promises that He will work everything together for our good.
These are but some of God’s priceless promises. Not only does God make such promises—but He also declares that they never have been and never will be broken. Nor has any promise God has made ever failed to come true. Is this not reason enough to thank God? He has promised us everything that we need and more than we could ever ask for.
Devotional reading is from LifeLight: Genesis, Part 1—Leaders Guide, pages 27–28 © 2000 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Scripture quotations from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.