And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: Gen 8:1a
Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Have you ever wondered if God has forgotten you? Have you ever felt as if your prayers were bouncing off the ceiling and hitting you on the head? If so, Genesis 8 is for you. The message of the chapter is given in verse 1: “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.” Consider that simple phrase: “God remembered Noah.” Those three words tell us a great deal about the Lord.
One of the greatest human fears is the fear of being forgotten. Yes it is possible for men to forget us but we serve a God that cannot forget his own. When the text tells us that God “remembered” Noah, it doesn’t mean that God had forgotten him. It simply means that in the midst of the great flood, God stayed true to his promises. He promised to deliver Noah and his family and all those animals, and during the flood, with all its death and destruction, the Lord looked down on the earth and remembered to have mercy on eight people floating in a big barge with all those animals.
Perhaps you feel forgotten by God at the moment. If so, then you are in a good company because the greatest saints of the ages have felt the same way. The psalms are full of times David felt forgotten by God. Consider Psalm 42:9-10, “I say to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Even in the Lord Jesus we see the supreme example of the righteous man feeling abandoned. In his darkest moments on the cross, he cried out, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?”Our text contains an important message of hope. In the midst of judgment, God always remembers mercy. He remembers those who suffer and he keeps his eyes on them. Though they suffer long and often feel forgotten, the Almighty will not abandon them. As God remembered Noah, even so he will remember you in this season. There is no trial so severe that it can separate us from the God who loves us.
I Declare: Today I decree and declare that the Lord that does not forget has remembered me, His mind is full of me, His eyes are upon me and His hands are strong upon me to do me good the remaining days of my life.
Ignite Thought: When God remembers you, change becomes inevitable. The impossible becomes possible.