The return of true peace
What a difficult and confusing story to understand. Noah, his family, and representatives of all the animals on earth are the only survivors of the all -encompassing flood. Everything else died! We all hate corruption and evil, but God’s action seems a bit drastic! In the end we may need God more than we realize, our own weddings and parties are just not enough. Genesis tells us that, though not perfect, Noah ‘walked in close fellowship with God.’ And famously of course, he did what God said, even when it must have seemed crazy to everyone around him to build the Ark. Perhaps we need to give more heart and attention to who God is and what he asks of us, whether or not those around us think we’re crazy – and that’s whether you’re a believer yet or not! Or as Jesus put it, to pay attention to ‘The Son of Man’ (a title he used of himself). There is still so much corruption and evil in our world, the Ark may still be the only truly safe place. Those who crowded into that Ark came through the other side of the flood, and spread out again to ‘be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth’ . A new era of God’s peace on earth began for a while. As our
Psalm today puts it:
Though the waters rage and swell, and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
I want to live, in Jesus Christ, beside that river of true Life and peace, whatever is going on around us.
 Matthew 24.37  Genesis 8.17  Psalm 46.3-4