February 16, 2021
When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. (Genesis 6:5-6)
The familiar story of Noah is more than a fantastic tale or an engaging children’s story. It is the description of a broken relationship with God. The early chapters of Genesis described humanity as created in the image and likeness of God, uniquely blessed with his friendship. Ultimately, sin ate away at that friendship.
This simple story is not one of destruction and judgment. Rather, it describes the restored friendship that a loving God calls forth from the darkness of our sin.
Noah, living among a sinful people, believed that there could be a new beginning for his family, as well as for humanity.
His story speaks to every succeeding generation that has felt itself overwhelmed by the rising flood of its own sin and faithlessness: Regardless of how damaged our relationship with God may be, it can be renewed. We are offered the hope that comes with a new beginning.