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A new beginning

10 January, 2021

At the dawn of this New Year, we are experiencing uncertain, challenging and ever changing times and circumstances, with many changes happening in our daily lifestyles and practices. The new beginning in this ‘new normal’ requires one to find a new direction, new strength and courage and new forms of motivation to move on with new perspectives into new horizons.

God created human beings, He formed man with his own hands, and He breathed life into him, and kept him near Him.

However, man decided to be independent of God and disobeyed God. Disobedience and the desire to be like God, brought separation between God and Man. Man lost his fellowship with God and was cast out from the Garden of Eden.

After some time, God wanted to see how this man was doing, because this very man, was once in the near presence of God. So, God looked down and saw something. The Bible records in Genesis 6:5: “The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time”.

How did God feel about it?

When an artist paints on a canvas, he or she beautifies the painting with a mix of colours, and modifies it with different brush strokes and does his best to make it look dreamy, to express his or her imagination through the mind and heart.

And after this beautiful painting has been completed, just imagine an instance, when a splash of black ink spoils the entire painting in a few seconds. Now, think for a minute, about the feelings and the thoughts running in the mind of the artist at that particular moment.

His emotional feelings of disappointment and sadness flow as tears, just on seeing this creative piece of art being damaged and destroyed in a second. Similarly, what would have God felt, when He saw man’s condition (the one He created), full of wickedness and evil?

Genesis 6:6 “The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” The Creator grieved, and His heart was filled with immense pain when He looked at His creation spoiled, damaged and lost in the slavery of sin.

After seeing this, God made a decision: Genesis 6:7 So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-- men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-- for I am grieved that I have made them."

There should be no more human kind on this earth, it’s over.

But something happened!!!

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.

One man found favour with the Lord and stood between the actions of God and all the evil ways of all mankind. There was someone to stand in the gap.

NOAH- found favour with God

God told him about the great destruction that will happen in the form of a flood which He was going to bring and God told him to make an ark as he wanted to protect him and his family. Noah was a righteous and faithful man of God and he was involved in a great thing that was happening in his world.

After many days of sailing, God spoke to Noah and told him to come out of the ark. God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”

Noah was going to walk on the face of Earth for the first time after a great deliverance of God.

Let’s see what Noah does as his first steps on his re-entrance on this earth.

This is a New Beginning for Noah, and for all mankind.

Genesis 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Noah did three important things as He walked on this Earth that signifies the New Beginning of His life and in the history of mankind.

He built an altar to the Lord

To acknowledge that the Lord God is the true Living God

He took clean animals and birds

Was willing to offer to God the best he had

He offered burnt offerings

Acknowledged that he must worship and honour God

What happened?

When God Saw this, How Did He feel?

The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. "As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. (NIV)

God who was grieved-is pleased

God whose heart was in pain-is joyful

God who cursed man-promised blessings

Today as Christians where are we?As Individuals, as Church where do we stand?

If a similar situation happened as in the time of Noah, how will we be able to find favour in the eyes of the Lord? Have we experienced the New Beginning in our Lives, or do we still live in the world of darkness and in the slavery of sin.

Has God Brought us out from the slavery of sin and allowed us to experience a New Beginning, a new Life of Hope through faith by accepting His Son our Saviour, and by entering into a relationship and in union with Him. If we have experienced that New Beginning, then we are already His Children and followers of Christ.

Have we boldly taken steps to change our life and give our best to the Lord?

Have we denied ourselves and presented ourselves as Living Sacrifices to Him?

“...Brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

 

What made Noah do this?

How did he find favour in the eyes of the Lord?

What were the characteristics of his life, which pleased God?

But Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:8-9

All three describe his faithfulness.

May we walk into this New Year with faith, gratitude, hope, and love as our God is ever faithful to those who love him.

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