Dear Church

Historian Susan Wise Bauer calls the Great Flood the “The Earliest Story.” The story is found in the tales “of a dozen different races”—from China to pre-Columbian America—and “is the closest thing to a universal story that the human race possesses.”

This famous story is recorded in Genesis 6-9, where God grieves that he has made sinful man and determines to wipe him off the face of the Earth with a great flood. But righteous Noah finds favor with God, who instructs him to build an ark in which he, his family, and a remnant of animals can survive the deluge and begin again.

We will not always understand God and His ways, but we can trust Him.

Noah must have wondered if God’s plan was best because, after all, a worldwide flood seems very harsh. However, God had an eternal plan in mind. He knew the sinful state of the world was self-destructive and loved the world enough to intervene.

His plan ultimately provided a way for you and me to come to salvation. God sees the bigger picture, so we must trust Him even when we don’t understand His ways.

In Isaiah 55:8-9 we are reminded that God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

Eventually the story Noah became a foreshadow of mankind through our Savior the Lord Jesus who saved us and granted us eternal life. May we learn to trust God in all our ways.

Yours faithfully

Joshua Lee