God gave humanity a fresh start in the story of Noah and the flood. Mankind had become corrupt in the Garden of Eden and the descendants of the first parents continued a life style of murder, wickedness and “that every intention of the thoughts of his (man) heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 5:6.
In God’s reboot though, he favored Noah. You know the story. Noah built an ark, God miraculously sent animals of every kind, the earth flooded and humanity had a fresh start.
What can we learn about fresh starts?
- God looks at the heart.He saw that Noah was a righteous and blameless man. Certainly, Noah was not perfect. Neither are we. But God knows our heart when we are following Him. He wants what is best for us. And we should we want what is best for Him.
- God speaks into our lives. Noah received specific instructions from God regarding the ark. He obeyed what God had told him and for years built the ark, just as God instructed. God speaks to us today through His Word, His Spirit and even through creation. You have seen the rainbows, you have read the Bible and you have sensed God whispering into your very being. The question is, “Will you obey Him?”
- Some fresh starts take time. While some reboots happen in seconds, many things take time. The flood narrative occurs over years with the building of the boat, the rains, and the drying out. In our lives we sometimes have to rebuild, endure the tossing back and forth, and eventually we will get back to walking on our own. Grace and Time are great motivators and healers.
Does your whole life need a fresh start? Certainly, Jesus can transform your life. Invite Him to do just that. Or are they certain aspects of your life that you need to reboot. Again, I advise to ask Jesus for HIs guidance.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17