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What God Found (or maybe Who) October 23, 2011

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Welcome!  If you haven’t read any of the first stories in this storybook, then I encourage you to start at the beginning.  And for those of you who have already read those stories, it’s been a year since they were posted, so you might want to go back and review them.

In our last bedtime story, we talked about how the earth was filled completely with evil.

It was really bad.

The Lord repented of making man. This means that He changed His mind about creating man.  He had big dreams for the people He created, but they no longer cared about God’s dreams or ideas or even God.  He wasn’t angry, though, he was hurt.  Deeply hurt.

But… He was still full of Love.  So He looked and looked for someone to share that Love with, even when the whole world was full of wickedness and evil.

Let’s stop and think about that.  Suppose you lived in an area where the crime was horrible, and you wanted to move away to a safe place.  Okay, but suppose there wasn’t a safe place anywhere.   That would be scary, wouldn’t it?  Well, that’s the way the world was, at this time in its history.  There was NO place to go, to escape from evil.

Sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it?

But even in the midst of all of this nightmare, God found someone who wasn’t involved in the wickedness.  He found Noah.

But what made Noah so special that God would notice him, among all the people in the world?

Well, Noah obeyed God’s rules and treated other people the way they were supposed to be treated.  He wasn’t mean like everyone else.  He didn’t do evil things.

That would be someone you’d want to know, right?  Me too.

Noah was a really good guy.  He did what God wanted all of mankind to do: he followed God’s rules.

Then, the Bible says something very important: Noah walked with God.

When you take a walk with someone, they can see you, you know?  They can know things about you.  They can watch what you do.  Noah knew God could see him, and Noah knew God watched everything he did.  Noah thought about God and about God’s rules.  And this caused Noah to be obedient.

Do you keep God on your mind?

Do you think about God’s rules?

This is what Noah did.

Or do you forget God is there, watching everything?

This is what the wicked and evil people did.

Have you ever been forgotten?  Or have you ever been waiting on someone to pick you up, and they were late, and you felt like they forgot all about you?  It’s not a good feeling, is it?

Well, it hurt God’s heart to be forgotten by the people He had created.

But did God get angry over that?

No.  He did not.  And we’ll talk about that more in our next bedtime story.

In the meantime, just remember: God’s never forgotten about you.  He always thinks about you.

Do you think about Him?

Good night.

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One Little Comment Can Mean So Much September 19, 2010

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Welcome back!  For those of you that haven’t read any of our bedtime stories yet, these are built on the greatest story ever told, starting with Genesis.

We now focus on one little comment in this entire story that is so full of meaning, it’s hard to find words to describe it all.

At the end of the “generations of Adam,” the story states that Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  Noah was 500 years old when he had these sons.  Or… at least had the first one.  We don’t know if they were triplets or not.  We just know Noah became a dad at the ripe old age of 500.  (Can you imagine being 500 years old, and changing your kids’ diapers??)  🙂

After this, the story says that the “sons of God” began to marry the “daughters of men.”

This is a sad statement, really.  What this sentence means, is this: the people who called themselves “followers of God” began to marry those that weren’t followers of God.  And apparently, they didn’t care who they married.

And then… the Lord makes a very interesting comment.  He says, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Just what exactly did the Lord mean by that comment?

There are a lot of different thoughts about this comment.  Some say that the Lord was saying, “I’m only going to be patient with you humans for another 120 years, and then… that’s it!”  They say that He was fed up with man’s wickedness, which resulted from Seth’s descendants marrying Cain’s descendants.

Then there are others who say that God was reducing the life span of all men to a maximum of 120 years.  Let’s face it, mankind had been living a lot of years up to this point.  Why, did you know that Methuselah lived for 969 years, and Adam was still alive when his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson Lamech was born???  (Talk about a big, yearly family reunion!)

Still, others say that this verse actually foretells how long man will be on the earth.  The idea is, when the Lord said “days” He meant “time” and when He said “years” He meant “divisions of time.”  This, they conclude, is a foretelling of the institution of the Jubilee year, and God was saying man would live on this earth for 120 Jubilees, and then the end of time will come.

You know what?  We could speculate and speculate, and stay up all night, wondering which explanation is the correct one.  They could all be wrong, and then again, they could all be right, at the same time.  Because with God, that’s possible.  He could have been talking about all three situations, at one time.  After all…. He’s God.

But the point is this:  God was stating His Love for mankind.  He was willing to extend His patience even with the wickedness going on, because He loves His creation, man included.  He was also willing to shorten man’s lifespan, because when man lived for hundreds of years, he had more time to get into more trouble, you know?  Likewise, God was willing to give man a clue as to how much time he might have on the earth, before time ran out.  Because God doesn’t want anyone to be left behind, when time runs out

He loves us.

So the important questions, from this curious statement He made, are these:

— Are you involved in wickedness that is trying God’s patience?

— Are you banking on living a really long time, which is causing you to put off a decision to follow the Lord with your whole heart?

— Are you thinking that life on this planet will last forever, and nothing will ever change?

As you go to sleep tonight, think about your own life.  God, Who is loving and patient and kind, and Who loves you with a passionate love, doesn’t want you to run out of time.  He wants to make your life the best it can be.

Are you making Him wait?

Why would you do that?

Talk to Him tonight, as you go to sleep.