There has been a tremendous amount of rain here recently. It’s hard for our minds not to be thinking of all the water, the damage done, and the lives lost. But I’ve noticed a few of us also have been reminded of the great flood of the book of Genesis. While our minds are thinking about these things, let’s note a few things about that great deluge worthy of mention.
One of the most misunderstood things about the great flood was its purpose. The prompting of the flood was the wickedness of man (Genesis 6:5-6). The goal of the flood however was not to wipe out sinful men. If that was God’s true goal in bringing an end to that generation, He failed. As soon as Noah and his family emerged from the ark after the flood, Noah got drunk and went into sin (Genesis 9:21). From this we need to back up in the text and see what the true purpose of the flood was. If we look at Genesis 6:5-8 again we see that God saw the wickedness of man prompted him to “destroy man from the face of the earth…for I am sorry I have made them”. But then verse 8: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. This is powerful. God saw the entirety of mankind almost without exception was continually in sin, but Noah was not that way. He was chosen by God to reveal His grace, show his compassion, and save him and his family. The account of the Genesis Flood is not a massive sign of God’s wrath, it’s a sign of God’s grace.
God easily could have just flooded everyone off the earth and began again, but he allowed Noah and his family to survive and start again. It is a comfort to know that God “doesn’t forget the little guy”. Even though Noah lived amongst a sinful people who seemed beyond salvation, God still saw Him and sent his plan for redemption through him. Notice what is said about Noah in Genesis 6:9, “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God”. This phrase “walked with God” is only used three times in the Bible. Once here for Noah, and twice in reference to the prophet Enoch (Gen 5:22,24). This has been thought to imply that his actions were in line with what God would have him to do, in spite of the majority of rebels in his lifetime.
The lesson for us is that although we live in a world today where many walk displeasing to God’s plan, we must “walk with God”. We must walk in this way so that God looks upon us with grace. The ultimate sign of His grace was not the flood, but His Son, Jesus the Christ being given for us. Let us praise God for his loving grace, even in times of great difficulty.