As we come to the final parallel that we will consider between Noah’s experience in the Ark and the believer’s experience in Christ, we read one of the most comforting statements in all of Scripture:
“God remembered Noah”
God had released the flood waters upon the Earth for forty days and nights and we find in Genesis 8:1-2 that He caused them to stop. Why? Because He remembered those who were in the Ark and the promise that He had made to them. In short, God keeps His Word. God remembers those who trust Him; He never forgets those whose faith is in Him.
We have considered the invitation that God gave Noah to come into the Ark, the direction with which God controlled the Ark; as well as the safety, security, and sufficiency that God provided to those in the Ark. But as wonderful as all of these blessings inside the Ark were, Noah’s final destination was not to remain afloat upon the seas of a world under judgment. God brought Noah through the Flood so that He could bring him to the place of promise.
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)
All too often we who are in Christ lose sight of the final destination to which God is taking us. The direction, safety, security, and sufficiency that we have in the Lord is given to us that we might accomplish the purposes for which He has left us as strangers and pilgrims in a world that is not our home. Our journey through this world is no more the place of promise than the waves of the sea were Noah’s. Like Noah, God graciously provides for us as we are tossed about on the waters of this life, but He has a better place awaiting for us. The day will come when the Ark in which we rest will land upon dry ground.
“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:41-43)
When we read that God remembered Noah, or Joseph when he was unjustly imprisoned (Genesis 41:38), or the thief who was crucified beside our Lord, it reminds us that God always remembers those who trust Him. He remembered them. He will remember us and bring us to where He has promised to take us.