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January 2010
Daily Devotions Reference List:
(Click here to view the daily devotions)

(1/1) (none)
(1/2) (none)
(1/3) Psalm 1:1-6
(1/4) Genesis 1:26
(1/5) 1 Samuel 1:11, 21-22
(1/6) Hosea 2:23
(1/7) Matthew 1:5-6
(1/8) Galatians 1:1-2
(1/9) Proverbs 1:1-9
(1/10) Psalm 2:7-12
(1/11) Genesis 2:2-3
(1/12) 1 Samuel 2:2-4
(1/13) Hosea 12:8
(1/14) Matthew 1:17
(1/15) Galatians 1:6-7
(1/16) Proverbs 1:10-19
(1/17) Psalm 3:1-8
(1/18) Genesis 2:8
(1/19) 1 Samuel 3:17-18
(1/20) Hosea 13:14
(1/21) John 1:1-2, 5
(1/22) Galatians 1:10
(1/23) Proverbs 1:20-23, 29-33
(1/24) Psalm 4:1-3, 7-8
(1/25) Genesis 2:16-17
(1/26) 1 Samuel 4:7-8
(1/27) Joel 1:12
(1/28) John 1:10-11
(1/29) Galatians 1:23-24
(1/30) Proverbs 2:6-9
(1/31) Psalm 5:4-8

Note: This is subject to change.

Daily Devotion Topic Schedule:
Sun - Psalms
Mon - Early History
Tue - Later History
Wed - Prophecy
Thu - Gospels
Fri - Paul's Letters
Sat - Proverbs
Life Lessons from Noah
"A New Beginning"

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. - Genesis 6:5-8

Mankind was not following the path God wanted. Did God know this was going to happen from the beginning of the Creation? Considering God is all-knowing, I would have to say yes. So, why did He still allow it to happen? Only God knows for sure, but we can hypothesize. There are multiple lessons that we can learn from this experience--lessons which wouldn't be available to us if it had never happened in the first place. We learn how little time it took for mankind to become so depraved and wicked and that it literally grieves God's heart when we commit evil, sinful acts. Things were so bad back then that God was sorry He had even created humans. I wonder, though...how does today's world compare with what was going on back then? I have a feeling both are similar. However, in the midst of all this evil, one man stood out to God. That man was Noah. Through Noah, God sought to give His creation a new beginning. Perhaps you have made mistakes and fallen astray in the past, but this new year could be a new beginning for you.

And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. ... And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark--you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you." ... Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. - Genesis 6:13-14, 17-18, 22

Think about how Noah must have felt and how everyone else must have treated him. Consider a few things. (I am going to make some assumptions here but I feel that it is highly likely that they are accurate.) First, we know that the people around him were very evil and wicked. They probably already teased him for following his God instead of going along with their sinful ways, just as some non-believers do to Christians today. Now, given that somewhat harsh environment, he suddenly starts building this giant ark because God told him to. In addition, based on Genesis 2:5-6, it is believed that the earth had a different type of atmosphere back then and that it had actually never rained before. I feel sure that all of the sinful people had a marvelous time mocking this man who was simply trying to do what he knew was right. But Noah persevered through what were likely very difficult times in his life because he knew that God would protect him and care for him, just as He does for us today. Sometimes circumstances seem very difficult; sometimes God asks you to do something that seems nearly impossible. But rest assured, He is always with you.

And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth." - Genesis 9:12-17

God cleansed the entire world when He sent the great flood. After it is over, we receive evidence that God keeps His promises. He has never again flooded the earth and we still see rainbows today. Can the reason for the appearance of rainbows be explained scientifically? Yes. So can most weather events, even though God is still in control of the weather. God is not opposed to science; indeed, I believe that He created the world in such a way that we would be able to understand much of it scientifically. Returning to the main point, God has never failed to keep a promise and He never will. He established this covenant with us and He will always care for His children. Which group do you fall into? I'm not asking whether or not you go to church or whether or not you say that you're a Christian. If you were alive during this time, would you be that person who stands out from the crowd, trying to do what's right in spite of all the evil in this world? Or would you be among the large crowd who does evil and doesn't follow God's commands? Assess yourself honestly, and if you believe you do fall into that second group, it's not too late to change. Let this new decade be a brand new beginning for you.