Then God spoke to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out all the living creatures that are with you – birds, livestock, those that crawl on the ground – and they will spread over the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” Genesis 8:15-17 HCSB
I was playing a game of Freecell recently and realized that I had made a mistake and was in a position that I could not complete the puzzle. There is an “undo” button, so I kept pressing the “undo” button until the puzzle was back to the starting point. I started over and did not make the same mistake the second time. I was easily able to complete the puzzle. Wouldn’t be nice if we had an “undo” button in our lives whenever we make a mistake?
God had destroyed everything on the earth except Noah, his family, and the animals that had been brought into the ark. After many months on the ark, the waters had receded and it was time for Noah, his family, and all the living creatures that were on the ark to come out. God gave them the same commandment He gave to Adam and Eve; “Be fruitful and multiply.” (See Genesis 1:22-25). Noah and his family were given a fresh start of a right relationship with God, who had chosen Noah, his family, and these specific animals to replenish the earth. Everything man had established and achieved prior to the flood had been destroyed. God provided everything needed for the earth and mankind to recover from the destruction of the flood.
Challenge: Just as God provided everything for the earth and mankind to recover from the destruction of the flood, He provides everything mankind needs to recover from the destruction of its sin. Jesus Christ is our ark of salvation who can carry us safely through the flood waters and give to us a new, fresh start in Christ. Thank God for all He has provided for you.