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The Miracle of the Animals August 23, 2016

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Welcome back to our bedtime story.

It’s so easy to read the Bible and just fly through the story of how the earth began, how it was tainted by the evil of Adam and Eve, and how the evil grew to the point that God had to step in and do something about all that evil. If the midst of all the pain, we often don’t stop to think about all the miracles that God performed in the midst of all the trouble.

I mean, with the limited tools that Noah had, how exactly did he build a three-story boat, you know? Was there anything else around that was anywhere near that tall?  Well, yes, there was the tower of Babel. I believe it was never completed because God confused the language of the people and they couldn’t communicate enough to finish the project. (there’s an entire separate story to think about, right there!) And now, there’s this huge boat that’s probably not anywhere near water, and yet Noah is building it all the same.

And then, there were the animals.bear for blog post 1

Where did they all come from? And how did they know where to go? And how did they knew exactly when to go, to arrive at the ark on time?

Noah was told by God to take seven of each clean animal, and two each of the unclean animals, one male and one female. God wanted to make sure there would be animals that survived the flood so they could repopulate the earth once the flood waters were gone.

cheetah for blog post 1

God thought of everything, you know? And He did so because that’s the way He is.  He doesn’t forget important details. He doesn’t do things haphazardly. He doesn’t rush through major projects.  He plans and He thinks and He keeps us in the forefront of His mind.  Why? Because He loves us.

But the animals! Think about it! We don’t know exactly how they got there, but animals of every kind were placed on the ark.

Suppose you were building a sailboat in your backyard, and you looked up to see dogs coming toward you from everywhere. You don’t know how they got there, but your yard is now filled with dogs of every size, shape, and color. And they’re all looking at you.

snake for blog post 1Don’t you think Noah was freaked out just a little by all the animals? And yet, there is no record of Noah being hurt by any of them. They just… calmly… got on the ark.

Think about this as you pull up the covers tonight and turn out the light. All those animals, all being patient, not attacking each other, not attacking Noah, being calm. God really had His hand on that situation, don’t you think?

And God has His hand on your situation, too. Why? Because He loves you.

Good night. Sleep well.

 

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