Wise and Sovereign God, I praise You that Your Word and Your promises are altogether true and totally reliable.
Read GENESIS 8:1-22
 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.  Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.  The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,  and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.  After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark  and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.  Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.  But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.  He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.  When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.  He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.  By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.  By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.  Then God said to Noah,  “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.  Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you-the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground-so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.”  So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.  All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds-everything that moves on the earth-came out of the ark, one kind after another.  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.  The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat did Noah do upon leaving the ark?
I love the first verse of ch. 8. “God remembered Noah” (8:1). It’s not that God would forget, but that Noah and the ark were in his thoughts the whole time. After all, God was working to a detailed plan, including the ventilation of the ark (6:16). Imagine the smell of all those animals cooped up for 15 months! The ventilation would have been a much welcomed blessing!
Phase one of God’s plan was complete: the destruction of the corrupt and violent created order. The water lifted the ark clear of the mountain peaks as they disappeared from sight. Now phase two could begin: the re-establishment of things as they should be. Notice that the first thing Noah did was worship (8:20). This is the right order. How long had it been in violent and corrupt times since that had happened! How pleasing it must have been to God that Noah should remember him! Note, too, God’s grace: despite mankind’s inclination to evil, God made a promise to himself that he would never again punish the created order to remedy a sin-sick world (8:21,22). And God can be counted on to keep that and every other promise!
Today, think about something you can do to demonstrate the centrality of Jesus to your life.
Lord Jesus, I want You to always be at the center of my life. May it be so today and each day in the future.