As a kid I learned a valuable lesson. At least I thought it was valuable.
If you’re gonna pull one cookie Mom told you not to take, you may as well grab a handful. You’ll get in the same amount of trouble for taking five cookies as you would for taking one.
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I recently did a whole boatload of studying Noah, his ark, and the flood in preparation for a sermon.
Yes, pun intended.
According to the National Center for Science Education the story of Noah’s ark could never have happened. Not as written in the Bible.
To be fair, their logic is reasonably sound. We’re talking about the first large-scale technological development in all of civilization that would have solved a myriad of issues that wouldn’t be properly addressed in the ancient world for thousands of years.
Including issues of naval engineering, mechanics, waterproofing, sanitation, ventilation, and biodegradation.
Then multiply that by the additional complications of zoology, botany, physiology, climatology, and biogeography.
Oh—as well as feeding and watering and caring for thousands of animals every single day. And basic survival for everyone and everything on board.
I can understand their point. That DOES sound impossible.
But like the cookies tip above (you’re welcome, by the way) if God is gonna be guilty of performing one miracle, he may as well pull off a whole handful of them.
And if we’re gonna believe the story like Jesus said…
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.”
Luke 17:26-27 NLT
…then what does it matter if there was one miracle or twenty?
Proverbs 3 was today’s Reading Challenge chapter. The first thing that caught my attention and that I chose to rattle around my cage today was this:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7 NLT
Today, seek God’s wisdom. When you read scripture or hear a story of something God has done, believe he can and did. When someone ascribes credit to him for something unbelievable, give him the benefit of the doubt.
He holds more in his handful than we could ever imagine. So believe in him.
P.S. The group CAIN has a great reminder song. CLICK HERE to enjoy.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace;