By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."Isaiah 26:3-4and"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."Genesis 6:8-----Memory Catcher: Noah's name is a powerful acrostic:Noah - Nothing Ordinary About Him.A sacred union existed between God and Noah, nurtured over time, which sustained and satisfied him during dark and evil years on earth.The grace that he found and the peace he was granted was the byproduct of a mind on the Master.-----Noah's entrance into the world signifies a "special differentness" about him.Consider his birth:"And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name, Noah, saying, 'This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.'"Genesis 5:28-29A simple read-through of geneology in Genesis 5 points to the reality that, just as Noah's name was set apart, so his life was set apart. Early on in Scripture he was appointed and heralded as an ordained visual illustration of a comfort removed from the curse, a living representation of blessing in the midst of darkness and depravity.A distinguished "mark" attended him and a distinct work was afforded him;The magnificent haven called the ark, was the endeavor "sealed" for him.The construction of the ark was a preparatory preserving work given to Noah by God because of a loving favor that rested on him.Labor would be strong, long, and arduous but the result would be a haven of rest and protection afforded Noah and his family from the wrath which was to come.The ark was a symbol of refuge from the storm,Blessing retained in the midst of a cataclysmic crisis,Relief from distress,Deliverance from destruction,Separation between the victorious and vile.Noah was secured a protection divinely with God because of five simple words that set Noah's life apart from all the rest:"... And Noah walked with God." Genesis 6:9b-----The ark, in my mind, is pictured as a bobbing head of a needle in a literal unending sea of waves, tumult, and oceanic cataclysmic activity too great to imagine.But in the "eye" of the storm, with tempestuous peaks rising and falling all about her, she is retained and threads her way into a peaceful calm in the midst ... and God's sufficient hand providentially holds and secures her.All is well in the midst of the storm.-----Satan's acts of destruction are as tempestuous peaks all around us, surrounding us, and lifting up their gaping mouths to swallow us.But Christ will have none of this.He has overcome Satan's darkness and secured us with an "ark of Salvation" in Christ.Wise is the one who rests in Him,Trusts in Him,Looks to Him,And keeps his mind on Him.This "one" shall be secured an everlasting haven and shelter from the storm.This "one" shall be encompassed by the stronghold of a deliverance incomparably greater than the peaks that surge.The ark is able and the hand is stable that holds.The truth is steady and the Word, made ready, upholds.Christ, the ark, Sufficiency for ...Men's souls.-----Saving Father,My soul's salvation rests eternal with Thee.Thou art a haven and inexpressible comfort for me.Thou keepest me secure in the midst of the storm as my eyes are kept on Thee.Help me, then, to constructively employ my heart, mind, and body in matters that link me to Thy eternal haven.Grant me refuge and peace where I am storm-tossed.Grant me safe passage to a distant shore where my life shall finally resign itself to Thy everlasting peace.Thou art loved by me and it is my desire that Thou shouldest favor me.In Thy name and to Thy name.Amen.
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