Devotional & Reflection
Genesis 8: God Forgets?
Last week, we were reminded to be like Noah who was patient and steadfast in the midst of the fallen world. Sometimes we ask God "How long?" in the midst of our waiting and trials. Yes, we are to be Faithful and Firm in a Fallen world. But has God Forgotten us? This passage reminds us that God remembers us as he remembered Noah. This does not mean that God has forgotten Noah or us. When biblical authors use "God remembered," it usually signifies a turning point. It is a pivotal point whereby God intervenes - to prevent tragedy or to extend grace. E.g. God remembered Abraham and saved Lot (Gen 19:29); God remembered Rachel and opened her womb (Gen 30:22); God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and begun the process of delivering the Israelites out of Egypt (Exod 2:24; 6:5); God remembered Hannah and she conceived Samuel (1 Sam 1:19).
This passage also has a chiastic, mirror structure that centers on the Gen 8:1 passage (adapted from Hamilton, Handbook On The Pentateuch, p. 76). The structure is as follows:
As I was meditating on this passage a few weeks ago, my wife and I were wondering where my life was heading. God's direction for me seems hazy. We asked, "Where is God?" But God spoke to one of my ex-members in his meditations to have dinner with me. I was greatly blessed that God remembered me. It did not occur to me then. But having meditated on this and the other "God remembered" passages, I trust that God's intervention has begun. The turning point is just around the corner, which hopefully is not as long or as difficult as the deliverance of Israel. But the process of turning around has begun.
Just as God remembered Noah and us, we perhaps need to remember others too in their times of waiting, trials and struggles.
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