When the tempest roar, you are with me

God was done! He had had enough with creation and its corruption, its depravity, its sinful ways. This isn’t what he created the world to become. When he viewed his creation, a disgusted, sick feeling arose in him. It wasn’t that he regretted creating the world; it was more that he was disgusted with the results as an artist is disgusted with his painting when it doesn’t turn out the way he desired.

His creation saddens him…

His creation pained him…

His creation appalled him…

Through the mist of his anger and impending wrath for his creation, the ancient text tells us that one man and his family had found favor in the eyes of God. When the creator of the universe look out over his creation, he saw evil, corruption, deceit, and destruction everywhere except in one man, one person…Noah.

The text tells us that God instructed Noah to build this boast referred to as the “Ark.” God commanded Noah to build the ark a certain length, certain width, and at a certain depth and height. God commanded Noah to take in the ark with him two of every kind of animal, male and female. God then commanded Noah to take with him in the ark his family and then himself. Because in the end, God’s favor was upon Noah. After everything and everyone was in place…. God shut the door.

That seems to be the theme of life sometimes…

God shutting the door…

God closing a window…

God changing direction…

We wait and wait and wait for another door to open, another opportunity to arise. All the while, God seems silent and distant. God asked Noah to build this ark and then he shuts the door and nothing happens. Noah waits and waits and waits. Noah has faith that God has put him here for a reason, but I’m sure in that time of waiting, Noah begins to wonder if God had forgotten about him.

Waiting can be lonely…

Waiting can be frustrating…

Waiting can be enlightened…

Without fail, the very thing that was waiting on wasn’t something good, wasn’t a blessing in a sense, wasn’t a great opportunity. No, what Noah was waiting on was a storm that would be the storms to end all storms. A storm that would level creation back to its voided state. This storm continued for 40 days & 40 nights. The rain kept coming over and over again until the whole earth was covered in water. When Noah finally looked out the window, all he saw was blue earth.

This storm is referred to as “The Flood Story” or “The Tempest.” The tempest is a violent windy storm that can produce unrelenting rain. The tempest storm in the days of Noah destroyed all of creation except those whom God chose to save in the ark. Those in the ark had to be fearful of what had just happen to their friends, home, and livelihood. They probably assumed that life as they knew it was over, that they would probably never see land again.

However, in the ancient text, the writer makes a subtle yet profound statement. The writer says in chapter 8, “But God remembered Noah and all who were in the ark with him…”

God hadn’t forgotten…

God doesn’t forget…

God remembers forever…

Even in the storms of our lives, when the problems mount up and we feel like we can’t go on, even when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we must be aware that God is continually with us. Even when God shuts the door, and nothing else has become available, God is with us. In the storms of our lives, we seek to find shelter any & everywhere. However, the one place we forget to seek is in the arms of Christ. We must be aware of the fact that God never left us in the dark alone. He is ever presence, walking right thru the fire, the calm, and the storm with us.

May your soul find refuge in the shadow of his wings…

May your heart find strength in his presence…

May you find that when everything around you folds, that you will rise above it on his wings of mercy

And may you know in the depth of your soul, that when the tempest roars, He is with you!

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