Daily D – Genesis 8:1
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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. (NLT)
Then God turned his attention to Noah and all the wild animals and farm animals with him on the ship. (The Message)
How long does it take for you to begin wondering if God has forgotten you? What does it take for you to consider the possibility that he has abandoned you? Noah and his family likely thought such thoughts and felt such feelings. Five months in a boat with only each other will do that to you. Maybe that’s why Noah planted the vineyard and got drunk as soon as possible (9:20-23).
“But God remembered . . .” To God, you are unforgettable.
Throughout the pages of the Bible, we read, “God remembered.” Do not interpret this to mean he is an absent-minded professor. Absent-minded professors, by the way, are not absent-minded. They are so focused on one thought that all other thoughts recede. Their powers of concentration are so attuned that they can look deeper and see farther than the average Joe or Josey.
Do not interpret “God remembered” as God being busy with something or someone else to the point that he’s lost touch with what you are going through.
When the Bible records those two words, “God remembered,” it indicates how God lavishes his loving care on us. (Hat tip: Ronald F. Youngblood, The Book of Genesis)
God’s memory, his remembering, is his expression of concern. It is him pouring out his gracious love. Trace this idea through biblical characters like Rachel (Genesis 30:22). Ponder this idea in the prophets (Isaiah 49:14, 15). Delight in what Jesus told the man on the cross next to his own when he asked Jesus to remember him (Luke 23:42, 43).
God has not now, not ever, and will never forget you.
God turns his face toward you and blesses you with what you need when you need it. You can say with David the shepherd boy who became a king,
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Psalm 23:1 New Living Translation
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
New International Version
He gives you peace. And because he does, he wants you to do the same for others. Receive this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26 and pass it along:
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
This restructures our prayers and expectations. When we pray, “Remember me,” we are aligning our hearts with his. We want what he wants for us. We trust he knows us, loves, and provides for us. We wait on him because he is worth waiting for.
I will never forget that God remembers me.
Our Father, thank you for remembering me. Thank you for providing everything I need when I need it. Thank you for empowering me to join you in blessing others with positive, focused attention. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.