Apples of Gold
'And God remembered Noah......'
Remember me Lord with that
love which thou to thine dost bear; with thy salvation, O my God to visit me
draw near. (Psalm 106 Verse 4). That verse is never too far from my lips
especially when I may be feeling down and it seems like God has forgotten me.
I wonder - did Noah also experience this?
We are not told whether the Lord had told him how long he was going to have to
endure in the Ark. Possibly, as the weeks went past he may have started to
wonder. Remember he was just like you and I with the same failings.
The thought that God 'remembered' made me think.
It is awful to feel abandoned, forsaken and forgotten by God. It seems to occur
when afflictions drag on seemingly without end. I wonder if his family started
to put pressure on him to open the Ark? Sometimes it can be those nearest and
dearest to us that seem to add to our affliction, though they are often unaware
that they are doing so.
Like the carnal mind the raven wallowed in the midst of that which was unclean.
It was happy to have a foot in both camps. It was feeding on the floating
carcases one minute, then returning to the safety of the Ark the next for rest.
Desiring the benefits of being a Christian yet not wanting to carry the burden
of affliction and embarrassment that accompanies the name is a common position
in our day.
Many say, 'I do good works, and I do not offend my neighbour, so God will not
turn me away from Heaven!' Or they say, 'In fact there are many who are a lot
worse than I am and I am better than most Christians that I know!' Does that
sound like someone you know?
Just a note here regarding the Christian life and affliction.
It is often the case that rather than a sudden or conclusive end to our
afflictions they tend to come to an end gradually. The waters that covered the
earth did not disappear overnight. They drained slowly away over a period of
I have often found myself in that 'no man's land' in which the affliction I had
experienced is not as painful as it once was yet it has not been completed
removed. I Hope some folk can follow me here. Back pain for example may ease in
severity and become less acute for a while. It's easier but not removed!
Additionally, our prayers seeking instant and effective deliverance are often
answered in ways beyond our imagination. It may come, yet not in the way we had
My soul delighted in the way Noah put forth his hand and pulled the dove into
the safety of the Ark. There have been times when I have gone astray somewhat by
letting my mind float amidst that which is unclean, and I have been most
grateful to a loving Saviour for pulling me back to safety in Himself. There was
a day when I was quite at home in my carnality, but not anymore. It leaves a
bitter taste in my mouth, and it holds no attraction for me.
We have so much to thank our God for each day, and Noah was not slow in
preparing his altar. God is well pleased with a thankful heart, and we should
daily count our blessings.
Noah actually experienced not one but two deliverances. The first was from the
terrible Judgement, when he found sanctuary in the Ark, and the second was from
the Ark itself. Our safety is found in Jesus Christ. He is our Ark, our
Redeemer, and our Friend.
If we are facing difficulties and trials today, then we can be assured that our
Lord is with us. He remembers us at all times.
Listen to what David experienced:
'The troubles that afflict the just
in number many be;
But yet at length out of them all
The Lord doth set him free.'
Psalm 34 Verse 19
Author : Iain
Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak