In the darkest of times, it is easy to begin to think that God has forgotten you. I’ve been there. Most of us have. We don’t see His hand, and it seems like everything that is going on goes wrong. Maybe it’s cancer. Maybe’s it a car accident. Maybe it’s the loss of a job with no hope for the next one. Maybe it’s a miscarriage. Maybe it’s a combination of things. We see grief and more grief and we don’t know when it will end. It is at times like these when we must trust God even more. Even when we can’t see Him at work. Even when our prayers return empty. Even when it seems like those that doubt God are right. In those moments trusting God may be the hardest thing to do, but it is the most important.
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. – Genesis 8:1-5, ESV
The world was destroyed as water was everywhere. The only humans left were afloat an ark in the midst of a worldwide flood. And though God had promised Noah that he would be preserved, Noah had no way of holding God to it. But God is faithful. God remembers. And so it came to pass that it was time to remember Noah and to prepare the land once again for Noah and his family to live on. We are told that God used the wind to blow over the earth, to push the waters back down, to stop the rain, and to allow the water to recede. This all took time, a lot of time, but slowly it happened. Then finally, land broke through, though it was only the mountaintops.
God didn’t have to remember. Noah was just as steeped in sin as those around him. As we’ll look at in a later devotion, one of Noah’s sons did wicked things. God, by all rights, would have been justified in not saving Noah. God hates sin. Sin results in death. Noah didn’t have to live: both in this earthly existence and in the life to come. Yet God decided Noah was one of His. And He made a promise to Noah. Therefore, God honored His promise to one of His children.
If you love the Lord Jesus Christ and He is your Lord and Savior, then you, too, are one of God’s children. And just as He remembered His promise to Noah, so He will remember all of His promises for you. He won’t forget a single one. None of them will come too early or too late. And you can count on God to make the most of the promises for us, rather than looking to get out of them. God doesn’t do that. He honors His promises perfectly. Anything less wouldn’t be of God. So today, if you’re in a tough spot, remember that God has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. He has promised to be your counselor and your guide. He has promised to help bear your burdens because He can.
And that means God hasn’t forgotten you. However, He does things in His won timing, the right timing. Look how long it took for the waters to subside so that the mountaintops could be seen. Sure, God could have snapped His fingers and made all the water go away. It wasn’t necessary. It was better to build Noah and his family’s trust. And sometimes, in the darkest times, that’s what God wants to do with me and you. Just trust Him today. Don’t worry about anything else until you’ve got that down first. Everything else will fall into place if your trust of God is certain. Maybe it won’t turn out like we had expected or would have liked, but everything turns out for a reason. God understands and orchestrates it all. We just have to trust Him.