Friday, March 4, 2016

Genesis 9:1-17

Genesis 9:1-17
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  After the flood comes the blessing.
  We might expect God to spend time lecturing Noah on how to live.  It could be expected that God would have a big list of things for Noah immediately after he exits the ark in the hopes of preventing the world from turning sour again.  Instead, God pours forth blessings, telling Noah to go forth.
  However, the world has also changed.  Animals are now given for humans to control, and to eat.  Animals will fear humans.  The relationship is different.
  When we go through major trials in life, we come out different.  Our relationships are not the same.  Some are stronger and deeper, while others have faded away, and have revealed themselves not to be reliable.  Life changes as we go along.
  But through it all, the promise of God remains.  God is a promise keeper, and so we can trust in God to be reliable, to be trustworthy.  No matter what, we can lean into the promises of God, trusting that he will care for us, that he will abide with us, that he will never leave us or forsake us.  In the deepest challenges of life, God will be with us, and he will continue to bless us when they conclude.

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