During the discussion today, a young man smiled and began to share what he now understood. He said that the word for rainbow in his local language, is Aydokwydo, and that the literal translation is "mark of God!" He said that he had always wondered why a rainbow was called "mark of God," but now he finally understood! Wow right? Someone, a long time ago, knew (in some form) the story of Noah and of God's faithfulness, and aptly named the rainbow as such. INCREDIBLE.
I love seeing the Scriptures come alive for these students. Every week is full of good questions and good discussions about the passage we are studying.
Could you imagine having faith like Noah? I mean we all know the story well, he built the ark, never having seen rain, in the face of mockery from those around him. But do we really ever think about what he really did? God asked him to do something seemingly impossible - that took him DECADES. I cannot imagine. But the Bible says that "Noah did everything just as God commanded him." Noah did not just half-heartedly do what the Lord asked of him. He did it exactly. To build a boat, you must be precise. No cutting corners, finding cheaper materials, etc.
Dinosaur bones in the Sahara Desert
Do we devote our everything to serving the Lord? I know that I often fall short. I can be distracted, discouraged, selfish. But by God's grace... we can please Him. We can obey Him.
I had an incredible opportunity 6 years ago to spend Christmas far in the northern part of Niger in a city called Agadez. Here, in the Sahara desert - we saw these chapters in Genesis come alive.
What an absolutely incredible God we serve. That He chose to save us. That He chooses relationship with us. He promised, "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood." The flood did not wipe away all sin. We are still fallen, sinful, evil. Despite all of that, He chooses to love us.
Father, give me faith like that of Noah. To believe without sight, to follow without question. To love you with my whole heart. To spread your truth unashamedly to all I encounter.
May I be considered foolish by the world for the sake of the cross.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31