God remembered Noah
Reading Genesis chapter 8
This is a most wonderful statement, to be remembered by God is a great blessings.
Think of the condition of Noah and his family in the Ark. Think of all that had happened to them in recent years, months & days.The Ark had been surrounded by numerous animals, some wild by nature.They were in the Ark for 5 months, for five months the waters had gone on increasing. Would they ever stop? The object of the flood had been accomplished; mankind had perished from the face of the earth. Many scriptures warn us of coming judgment. How long was this to go on? When would they be released? The Lord had closed the door, and they had heard nothing, no more revelation.
Where there moments in which Noah feared that God had forgotten them? Are we not tempted at times to think the same?
1 We need to remember that God does not forget his people.
I do forget, it is a weakness of growing older, but the Lord does not forget, He is faithful, yet we can feel at times that God has forgotten us,
‘But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.’ Isaiah 49v14, yet in the next verse we read,
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.’ V15
(see also Hebrews 13v5 – 6 & Deuteronomy 31v6)
- Not only Noah, God remembered every living thing in the Ark
Small creatures, yes the two sparrows sold for a farthing, not one of them is forgotten before God. Matthew 10v29 – 31 The animals in the Ark were remembered too. They would be released to populate the earth once more.When we look around creation we see the hand of God over all.
2 Noah and his family had found grace
We too have been saved by God’s grace, all our sins have been put away and will be remembered no more.
Psalm 103 v 12, As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’
Psalm 132 v23, ‘Who remembered us in our lowly state, for his mercy endures forever.’
3 He will not forget our service in his kingdom
See Hebrews 6v10, ‘For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward his name, in that you have ministered and do minister.
We do forget as time goes by the many efforts we have made for the gospel. The planning, time and work done for the Lord. As we grow older we become less active through weakness.
4 We walk by faith not sight
We apt to want and even expect constant tokens of the Lord’s presence. But there are times when He seems to withdraw his felt presence and we think that we have been forgotten. Yet we are encouraged to pray about everything. Philippians 4v6, and even then there are barren times when heaven seems to be closed.
There is great encouragement for the Lord’s people here, but also warning for the unrepentant. Judgment is on the way. 2 Peter 3v7
Let us continue to trust when nothing is happening. Let us continue to pray for the lost, and bring them the good news of sins forgiven through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Message preached by Greg Hanley