Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-12-23

Intro: How patient are you? Every time I read Scripture, I have to confess how very patient God is with his human creation; how patient he is with me. The Lord epitomizes the word “long-suffering” in spite of the trouble and disorder on earth caused by human beings. When we think about human corruption or the sinful state of people, we may be tempted to focus only upon our present culture. However, that would be a terrible mistake and a dangerous one, as well. Biblical history is important to know, because it reveals the wickedness of human beings, as well as what happens when God’s patience has been push too far.

In our passage from Genesis today, God said to Noah it was time to get in the boat; the flood was coming in seven days, because the wickedness on earth had become consistently and totally evil (Gen 6:5; 7:1). God sent Noah to be a preacher of righteousness; announcing to the people they needed to leave evil and turn to God, but his announcements were rejected (2 Peter 2:5). Therefore, God promised to keep Noah and his family safe in the ark which is a picture of the salvation we can have in Christ (Gen 6:22).

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his followers something important to remember about his Second Coming. “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People did not realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes” (Mat 24:37-39). We need to wake up and seek God with all our hearts; to live ready in Christ’s righteousness. We have been warned there is a limit to God’s patience.

Genesis 7:1-5 NLT The Flood Covers the Earth
1 When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous. 2 Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the others. 3 Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird. There must be a male and a female in each pair to ensure that all life will survive on the earth after the flood. 4 Seven days from now I will make the rains pour down on the earth. And it will rain for forty days and forty nights, until I have wiped from the earth all the living things I have created.”
5 So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the unfathomable patience you continue to extend to your human creation. Help us to heed the warnings in your Word and live ready for your return. It does not matter if your return is near or far; Holy Spirit, help us to live in a way that honors you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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