Friday, May 4, 2012

God Remembers

Genesis 8:1-17

In the spring and summer of 1993, the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers had some of the worst flooding the region had ever seen.  I remember watching images on the news of houses almost entirely submerged in the flood and hearing of so many people in the vast region displaced from their homes.  It was devastating for so many people because many of them did not have flood insurance.  My mother and father in-law lived near a region that was part of the flood but not hit nearly as bad as other areas.  When we visited them, we saw the line the water left on the trees that had been partially covered by the water.  Just seeing how damaging that was for the residents in that area makes me think of how awful it must have been to witness the flooding of the entire earth.  Please read Genesis 8:1-17.

We can face situations in our life that can make us feel like we are in the middle of a flood.  Circumstances spiral out of our control regardless of what we try to do, yet the flood waters continue to rise.  The pressures of life can cause us to feel overwhelmed and in over our head; however, there is hope.  There is nothing that can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:37-39).  Genesis 8:1 says that God remembered Noah.  Think about that for a moment...God didn't just stick Noah and his family in the ark and forget about them.  God didn't forget about Noah.  Can you let that truth sink in?  The word translated as remembered is the Hebrew word, zakar.  This word is pretty basic in its definition - to remember; however, one of the definitions made me smile because it also means to be thought of (see footnote 1).

Noah isn't the only person that God remembers or thinks about.  God thinks of you; He remembers you.  Even when the flood waters are rising in a way and you cannot seem to find God in the situation, He remembers you.  The flood will not last forever because we are promised that we have victory in Christ.  Romans 8:35, 37 says, "Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?...No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."  No matter what is happening to you, God always remembers you and thinks about you.  He cares for you.  Read through Psalm 139 to know how God feels about you.

Do you believe that you are in God's thoughts?

This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.

1. Blue Letter Bible. "Dictionary and Word Search for zakar (Strong's 2142)". Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 4 May 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2142&t=NLT >

2 comments:

  1. Sharon:

    The first paragraph of your post caught my attention because I remember those floods and that summer. I was facing a different flood - we had just learned that my husband's cancer had returned.

    I was watching the evening news and a woman who had lost here home was being interviewed. She asked, "How could God do this to us?" My thought was that I would readily trade places with her, although I would never wish a diagnosis of cancer on anyone.

    However, God was faithful, He never left our side, and nineteen years later, my husband remains cancer free. God did not forget us. It is comforting to know that we are in His thoughts.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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    1. Wow! Thank you for sharing that, Joan. What a beautiful testimony.

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