1 Peter 3:20: “They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them. Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood.”

Have you ever noticed how patient God is? Following is a great example – reading from the first chapter of the book of Genesis (Genesis 1:1-2):

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” 

Wait a minute – God created Heaven and Earth and the outcome is formless and empty? How does this add up? Well, it really does not make a whole lot of sense – unless we are looking at a time span between those opening lines of the Bible, time enough for a drama to unfold, a drama along these lines:

God created beauty. After beauty was destroyed, God cleaned up a big mess and brought back beauty.

Out of dead ashes God raised new life – and life exploded into an endless array of species. Mankind was among the last of the new series of life forms God created when He restored planet Earth. We did not come as a single edition, but were created male and femaleMade in God’s image, we work together, not unlike the Trinity who also operates as a team.

Unfortunately, mankind parted ways with God. This led to a reboot of sorts when God instructed Noah to build a boat. Only a selected few – which is Noah’s family and certain species of the animal kingdom – survived the deluge. Fast forward to today: Noah’s children meanwhile have spread out and populated the globe; however, mankind’s distance to God remains and profoundly affects our world today. Again He sees His creation suffering.

Picture yourself building something exquisite. Then someone comes along and destroys it. How frustrating is that! Well, against all odds, you decide to start over and build something new. Again, you love the outcome. You are really proud of it. But guess what: it happens again! Someone comes along and spits on your creation. Would you now give up?

Well, God did not give up on us. We are still here today because God wants us to live. If you happen to look at a dead situation right now wondering what good can come out of it, look up to God. Remember: He revived the universe; He can also revive you.

Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah Amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again!

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