Adam and Eve enjoyed the presence of God in the Garden of Eden until they ate the forbidden fruit from the tree in the middle of the Garden. After that, they didn’t want God in their presence and hid from Him. The years went by and mankind continued to get further and further from God. We read about generation after generation that didn’t listen to God until we get to a man named Noah who listened and fulfilled God’s purpose of building an Ark. As the plan was carried out, there was the terrible flood which destroyed everything. The plan was to wash the sins away and start over again.
God gave Noah a purpose and he was self-disciplined so that it was carried out to its conclusion. What purpose has God given you? If you would like to share, please do so in the response/comment box.
To determine the purpose, it begins with prayer so start a prayer list of things you need to pray about. Then listen and reflect. Each day with God can be amazing and with the help of technology today, we can organize with the purpose of changing the world for the better.
After the flood, God made a promise to Noah that He would never flood the earth again and the symbol of this promise is the rainbow. Today, God can provide music for our ears, laughter for our soul, and a rainbow after every storm because of His love demonstrated to us through His son Jesus. His Word provides food for the mind and His Son creates light for understanding so our acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God truly washes sins away.
Today, we can walk with God again through a mighty strength; the blessing of the Trinity which gives strength, might, and wisdom. Because of Christ, our bodies are considered the temple of God. The key to physical and spiritual health is to honor God’s temple; having times throughout the day to pause for a few minutes to reflect and pray for the rest of the day.
God thinks you are AWESOME! You can use the skills you have, be happy with who you are, and God will work out the rest. He knows what each person is good at and what each is capable of doing for His glory but it is up to each of us to use His resources, to be patient, and to follow His plan.
As the journey continues through God’s Word for the weeks to come. The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply His Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The questions for reflection for the study of Genesis 9-12 below will help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
What is God’s view of human life? What are His provisions for it? What is the change in diet God permits? Noah’s son named Ham spreads weakness about Noah. What do you think of someone who under the guise of “concern” spreads his conception of your weaknesses and sins?
Why do you think, does God give the names of so many “unimportant” people in this passage? What does this list of names reveal about God? What phrase accurately characterizes your life thus far? In what area of your life today is the fact that God knows you by name and has a place for you important?
In what ways does pride and rebellion against God inevitably lead to an inability to understand and be understood by others? In what areas of your life has this result of pride been evident?
What is God’s attitude toward the Jews? What prompts Abram’s journey? In what difficult areas is God calling you to trust Him? How is your response affecting others?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast