January 4 - A God Who Remembers His Own

Devotional Scripture: Genesis 8:1

Central Thought: God will remember you; He will never forget.

    Genesis 8:1 has been a comfort to me more than once in my life. It shows the faithfulness of God in an indisputable way. Pause for a moment, and get a good mental image of the situation surrounding this verse. God had loosed his vengeance on a world that had grown so wicked that He decided to destroy not only the earth but also every living thing that called it home. For one hundred and fifty days the earth was totally covered with water that rose at least twelve feet above the highest mountain.

    Drifting on the surface of the water was a boat that was small in comparison to its surroundings. It had no form of propulsion or method of steering. Inside the vessel were Noah, his family, and some animals. You can only imagine how crowded it seemed the longer they stayed on it. Yet, the passengers of the boat that was steered by the hand of God were not forgotten. God caused the waters to recede and the earth to prepare the ark's final docking berth.

    Noah's account says something to us today. If we are faithful to God and live in obedience to Him and His Word, He will never forget us. Regardless of how bad our surroundings may be, or how rough life may be treating us, God will remember us, just as He remembered Noah. He is a God who always remembers His own. He never forgets.

Devotional Prayer: Oh, God, when I am in one of life's storms, help me to remember that you will remember me.

Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 8:1-10:32; Matthew 4:12-25; Psalm 4:1-8; Proverbs 1:20-23