January 8, 2018

Genesis 8:1 (NLT) — 1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.

But God remembered…  Don’t you like it when someone is thinking of you enough to write you a note, text you, email you, send you a gift, encourage you, compliment you , thank you or take you out for coffee? Just the other day I received a note that said, “Pastor Dan I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I think you and Cleo are incredible and we appreciate you so much. Thank you for being so supportive of us and our family and for all the meaning conversation that we have had.”

Now I can live on that for a good month or more! It is always sweet to know that people are thinking of you. I am sure we all can remember times when it seemed like no one cared or that we had been forgotten. I think being in the close quarters of the Ark for a year surrounded by family, animals, and manure probably began to take its toll on Noah. I mean a year is a long time not to have been with the guys having breakfast at Big Chief:)

When is says that God remembered it wasn’t that he had forgotten about Noah. Remembering meant that he was always thinking about Noah and when he knew that the time was right he had the earth swallow up the flood waters. God is always thinking of us. When we are going through times that seem like they are going to flood us out God, at the right time, will come to the rescue. The key is to stay in the boat, the tough time, until God comes to the rescue. God loves us the way we are but as they say, “He loves us too much to let us stay that way.” 

Noah and his family needed to know that they could always trust God no matter what and the flood taught them this valuable lesson. No matter what Noah and his family would face from now on in life they would know that God would be thinking about them and if they would continue to trust him they would come out all right. In fact the only thing that God ever forgets about us is our sins!

Hebrews 8:12 (NLT) — 12 And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

Isaiah 49:14–15 (NLT) — 14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” 15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

So the next time you are boxed in and tossed about by the waves and the winds of trouble; remember that the Lord remembers and that he is always thinking about you and at the right time he will settle things down. Doing this will still your troubled heart and grow you faith for the days ahead. Here is God’s note to you that you can read over and over.

Isaiah 43:1–3 (NLT) — 1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God,…

Put your name in the place of Jacob and Israel and you have a personalized text.

Psalm 139:17–18 (NLT) — 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Be Inspired Hilltop!