As I read the Life Journal Readings for today, (Genesis 6-8, Luke 3) I was struck by the last verse of Genesis 8. “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8: 22) God makes a promise, a declaration of how things will be until a new heaven and earth come along.
There will be constants of variation. This will be true in the mathematical sense as well as in observations we make about our environment and existence. These constants are reminders of grace.
All of us owe a debt of gratitude to Noah. Not only was he “found righteous in his generation”, (Genesis 7: 1) like Abraham who would follow God later, he built his altars and pitched his tents. This phrase, I learned from the late Dr. Edwin L. Cole was borrowed from Genesis chapter 13, verse 18 and is a description for someone who is well-pleasing in their faithfulness to the Lord.
Is this one of those constants of variation that describes you? As your worship of the Lord is built into your living, do the comforts and possessions of life become more temporal and mobile? I think this is one of the reasons why God has the prophets rebuking the wealthy for building multiple homes; it causes us to pitch our worship into smaller windows of opportunity and convenience. Pretty soon all this building of ours makes what should be built an inconvenience to us.
Faithful people never retire from being faithful. They don’t sit down on a job that requires them to stand. Practice pitching your tents and building your altars because the Lord wants us up and ready for the next assignment.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” (Ephesians 6: 13, 24)