“The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.”
~ Genesis 8:2
In Genesis 6 we visit a time where God was sorry He had created the human race. Wickedness reigned throughout the earth like it does today. God recognized the intentions and thoughts of man’s heart to be continually evil and He was grieved in His heart. I’m inclined to believe God is once again grieved in His heart as He gazes upon His creation.
We know God decided to destroy all of mankind. However, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Will I find grace in the eyes of the Lord? Will you? Noah was a just man who walked with God. Do you walk with God?
The earth was corrupt and filled with violence so God shared His plan to destroy mankind with Noah. God gave Noah instructions on how to build an ark to save his family as they were found to be righteous.
The rain poured forth and flooded the hills and highest mountains and all was destroyed. Only Noah and those with him in the ark survived the sorrow of God. Can you imagine how afraid and lonely this family must have felt? The waters prevailed for months and there was no word from God. Noah was not told how long he was going to be confined to the ark for. Have your trails and afflictions been so long you’ve wondered if God has forgotten you? Those who remember God will be remembered by Him.
God remembered Noah. For Noah to be remembered he must have been banished to a land of forgetfulness. However, it was God’s remembering that returned His mercy to mankind.
We see an act of God’s power as He controlled the rain and held the wind in His fists (Proverbs 30:4). God brings the wind out of His treasuries (Psalms 135:7) and sends them forth to do as He pleases. We find fire and hail, snow and clouds and stormy winds all fulfil His Word (Psalms 148:8). God holds your circumstances in the power of His hand and He will accomplish His will in your life by them.
God had the power to open the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven to pour judgement on the earth, and so He had the power to restrain the rain and close the fountains and windows of heaven to remove His judgement when His purpose was accomplished. The hand that brought desolation was the hand that brought deliverance. When afflictions have done the work for which they were intended they’ll be removed gradually.
We notice the waters were not removed in a day as it was in the beginning of creation when God separated land and sea. As the water gradually dried from the land, so our afflictions will gradually dissipate. We long for immediate deliverance and in some cases we may have it, but mostly our deliverance will be gradual as God’s work must be accomplished within our souls first.
There were times I walked with God and times I walked away from Him. When I walked away from Him my life was flooded with trials and affliction I’m sure He allowed, and it was in my suffering my soul was purified. When I walk with God I have His grace and mercy.