Mighty God, give me a passionate love for all those whose hearts are frozen and who love all the wrong things.
Read Genesis 8:1–22
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“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!… I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isa. 43:18,19).
I am constantly grateful for all of the new starts God builds into my life: new days, new weeks, new years and new opportunities. I may have messed things up somewhat yesterday, or last year—but now I have a chance to start again! This chapter focuses on the new possibilities given to Noah and his family. The echoes of chapters 1 and 2 that we find here—for example, the 7-day cycles and the renewed call to be fruitful and multiply—confirm that this is being presented as a new creation. The earth has been cleansed by the flood and humanity can start again. The first thing Noah does when he can eventually leave the ark is to build an altar to the Lord (20). The opportunity for relating to God is still there. God knows only too well that human beings are still likely to go off the rails (21), but he decides that until the end of time, “as long as the earth endures” (22), there will be no more of these new creations, no more total destructions. Noah and his family don’t have to live with the worry that another such flood could happen at any time. God will work with what is, relating to those who do turn to him. This is not settling for second-best, but forms the start of a long process of working towards a genuine and complete new creation. This process is revealed throughout the Old Testament as heading towards the coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament the process ends with his second coming and the gathering up of his people into a full and unrestricted relationship with God. As Revelation 22:20 puts it: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
What do you wish hadn’t happened or you hadn’t done in the past year?
Living Lord, I thank You for new beginnings. I long to put behind me my past failures. Do a new thing in my life.