Minimalist Bible: Noah's Ark - A World Gone Wrong
|Written by Chad -|
God has given me the idea to persue a personal design project of creating minimalist posters to share the awesome stories of the Bible. If you missed out on previous posters, don't worry, I have created a landing page where you can easily catch up. Check it out here.
The next poster series comes from a story that we have all heard from our childhood—Noah's Ark. I'm excited today to reveal A World Gone Wrong, part one of a seven part series.
World Gone Wrong comes from Genesis 6:5-8 (NLT) which says, "The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, 'I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.' But Noah found favor with the Lord."
Words can't fully describe the heartache that God was probably going through. His creation—who denied him in Eden—continued to fall away from him. From what I understand about God's character from reading the Scriptures, he must have tried countless times to call them back to Himself, but the people kept ignoring him. They pursued their own desires instead of God's.
Man o'man... I cringe every time I read the line, "It broke his heart." I just feel horrible to know that God—creator of everything—had a broken heart. That line just echoes in my mind because it make me wonder how many times have I broken God's heart in my short time on earth. I can't even count how many times I have put my desires before God's desires.
This snippet from the story of Noah is a great reminder about how personal God is to all of us. He has a heart full of unfailing love and unending grace for us. At the time of Noah, we as humans really screwed it up [again] and God decided the best way to save his creation was to do a full reboot. In our lives today, sometimes we need a reboot, too—something that resets our desires toward our Creator. We tend to stay so focused on our own endeavors that we miss out on the adventures that God wants us to be on. God sent his son Jesus to be that reboot in our lives; to give us another chance. A chance to bring joy to God's heart, not heartbreak.