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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;” Genesis 8:1
Remembered. What a great word. We all know how it feels when somebody is remembered. Maybe it was a birthday or anniversary or a death or marriage, but it is a special feeling when someone remembers. But, what a remarkable joy it is when you see that God remembered!
Noah had been in the ark for a long period of time. It had been over a year since Noah had seen dry ground. There is no one outside the ark, of course, who can give him a hand, and no one inside the ark can open the great door that the Lord had shut. So Noah is in a place that he must wait on God. I cannot even imagine what the conditions were like inside that ark, and Noah could not see how things were outside the ark. The Scripture says the waters "asswaged," which means "abated, or receded." God was keeping an eye on the waters, and He knew when it was safe for Noah to return to dry ground. Noah waited in the ark, which was very much shaped like a coffin, and hoped that God would get him out like He had got him in.
Then we read the words, "And God remembered Noah." What a memorial day for Noah! After all the labor, and all the years serving Him, Noah sighed relief and said, "God didn't forget me!" God remembered. What wonderful words! Maybe you are in a place where you can do nothing to fix it, and no one else is able to help. What do you do? You wait on God to remember you, and He will. God does not forget His own.