How High's the Water?

“Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, ‘And as for me, behold I establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you; the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish my covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth'” (Genesis 9:8-11).
Sitting on the third floor balcony of Khulna Bible College during a good monsoon rain makes one feel that he can relate to Noah. Water covers the ground in all directions. One appreciates the thirty feet or so of good solid concrete structure providing safety. Yet there is always the awareness that that security may be only transient and fleeting, as those in the southeastern U.S. and much of Asia have learned over the past couple of years. Hurricanes and Tsunamis make light of man’s construction and of his feeble attempts to influence God’s creation.
Yet there is also the awareness that there is always a place that is secure, even from flood and storm. No flood is ever again going to be universal. There will always be “higher ground” to which some can escape. Our all-powerful God has limited the forces at his disposal and has guaranteed us of this fact. This may be of limited comfort to those overwhelmed, those who could not find that place of security, but never-the-less it is a promise within which all creation can find hope and peace.
Similarly, we have been promised, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Just as God has limited himself and his own powers, so has he limited the adversary. Satan cannot so ensnare us that we are without hope. God can and will save us from his traps, if we will confess and trust in him.
It is truly an amazing thought that God who has all power to destroy sin has loved us so much that he has spared us, even though we are worthy of destruction. God has limited himself and all other forces for our benefit and for our salvation. Surely we must respond in faith and love to such grace.

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