Noah was a righteous man. He lived his life in a way that pleased God and yet he still had to go through a storm.
How often it seems that when we live our lives according to the will of God, we find ourselves pummeled by storms. Many times we cry out and blame Satan for attacking us. But is Satan really attacking us? It wasn’t Satan who brought on the Great Flood. It was God who brought on the deluge. Satan seemed to be doing his work in the warm, lovely sunshine of the antediluvian earth. Sure, there was a rampant amount of sin in the world, but a righteous 600 year old man could have ignored it, gone to live out in the country, and enjoyed the perfect climate. God, however, had other plans for Noah and Noah obeyed God.
Life became a bit messier for Noah after he accepted the call of God. His friends began to question his sanity and jeered at him. He had a project which required much time and strength to accomplish with no understanding of its purpose. When the rains came, he was surrounded with animals to care for and an uncertain future. God had shut him up with his family and a bunch of smelly animals in a coffin shaped box. Life had gotten dark, dank, and dangerous. Was he being attacked by Satan for obeying the Lord’s calling in his life?
Certainly not. While Noah was unable to see what was going on outside of his confined space, God was busy working. While the storm raged on around Noah, God was clearing a path. God was working within the storm.
“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark.” Genesis 8:1.
I don’t believe God forgot Noah but rather Noah perceived that God had forgotten until the storm began to clear. Noah still had to live in the dark, smelly ark for some time before the earth was habitable, but he knew that God remembered him. Noah had never stopped trusting in God.
When the storms of life rage around us, we may wonder if God remembers us and we may blame Satan for the storm. Perhaps life is dark and messy because God is working in the storm. Trust that God is in control. The rains will stop and you will begin to feel that God remembers you.