When I read today’s scripture, I felt pained that God alleviates grief by killing all creation. However, as I sat with this verse my heart softened towards God: “But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD” (6:8). This moved me deeply, as God’s affection and love motivated God to invite Noah to help God restart creation.
This invitation to co-create with God marks an important shift. In the creation story, we read about a relationship marked by the delegation of duties, but in these chapters God is willing to change the relationship to stay connected with us.
God needed Noah in a way that wasn’t apparent in the creation story. God spares Noah so that Noah and God can work together to create the world God desires. And in this act God spares all of us: “I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants and with EVERY living creature that is with you” (8:9,10). This covenant, for the first time in the scripture, creates a relationship of mutual accountability between us and God.
Wow! God has such ardent love for us that God is willing to push limits for the sake of God’s relationship with us. As we read this year, pay attention to how scripture points to God’s ever-expansive love.
Prayer: May I know and make known the expansive love of God.
Reflection: Where am I putting limits on God’s Love? How could I join God in sharing Love today?
Painting: “Noah’s Ark After the Flood” by Kazuya Akimoto