“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”Genesis 8:1 (NIV)
Everyone enjoys being remembered. This past October a woman in our church took the initiative to supply greeting cards on a Sunday morning for people to write a note of appreciation for our pastors. In my 33 years of pastoral ministry, I have never seen such a response nor been so moved emotionally as I was reading these heartfelt words.
After forty days of rain, God remembered Noah–not that God could ever forget any of His people.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.”Isaiah 49:15 (NKJV)
God sent a wind to pass over the earth. The Hebrew word for “wind” is the same word that is translated “Spirit” in Genesis 1:2. As the Spirit brooded over the waters in the beginning, now the Spirit (wind) passed over the earth. In a sense, this was the world’s re-creation.
We all need re-creation, a new beginning, spiritual regeneration. This is what happens to us when we believe in Jesus Christ and are converted.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
This can happen to us again after a time of affliction or trials. Because God cares for us, He sends His Spirit to renew and revive us. Often this begins with people being led to pray and seek God with all their hearts.
Wouldn’t you agree that we need a fresh wind of the Spirit to blow upon our world? Wouldn’t you love to see Him descend upon our churches and bring genuine spiritual revival?
“Will You not revive us again that Your people may rejoice in You?”Psalm 85:6 (NKJV)
If we want God to remember us, then we must begin by remembering Him.
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