Noah spent three hundred seventy-one days cooped up in a large boat with his immediate family and thousands of animals. If anyone had a reason to whine, it was him. And he MUST have had his moments- he was human, after all. Yet still no words are recorded from Noah’s mouth. Perhaps because he walked so closely with God, he realized that he was truly in God’s hand and was thankful for His provision and saving grace?
“And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God spoke to Noah, saying, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’ So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.'” ~Genesis 8:14-22
God talked to Himself! 🙂 I guess I really am made in His image! And it sounds like He makes Himself a promise that He will never again destroy every living thing. This conversation He had with Himself is recorded here in the Bible for our benefit.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
So relax, the earth will continue as it is, until the end of its time. It is all in God’s hands.