Back to the Beginning: Genesis

Click on the link to read Genesis 5.

 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son  and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Genesis 5:28-29

Lamech took one look at his son and knew there was something special about him. Noah was destined for greatness, but I wonder what his father would have thought of the work it took Noah to build an ark. It doesn’t seem like building an ark would be a way to relieve people from the pain of toil and hard work. The plan God had for Noah doesn’t really point to relief from work by the world’s standards.

I’m learning the ways of God aren’t the ways I would take. The God we serve is imaginative, upside down, even weird according to the world. We serve a God who:

turns a man’s heart in the belly of a fish…
saves an entire race of people through an orphan turned queen…
provides great strength in the growing of hair…
makes the youngest shepherd boy a king…

chooses to wrap Himself in flesh and bone to come to earth…

arrives as an infant… lying in a manger…

He walks a road carrying a cross and dies so we might live…

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has not changed His weird, backward ways and He never will. His plans only make sense to us when we leave our expectations and worldly views behind.

Has God been urging you to follow Him in some way that doesn’t make sense to you? Like Noah, is He calling you to build some ark for the saving of others? Maybe now is the time to take the risk and start hammering.

Whatever Your plan, whatever Your call,
may I trust You are at work for the good of Your people,
and Your glory.
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