“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis [9:11]
We all desire a clean slate from time to time.
That may be true literally (who doesn’t love a clean dry erase board) or figuratively (who hasn’t wanted to erase something from their past)! In the story of Noah, God wipes the slate clean by bringing a flood to “destroy the earth” (v. 11). However, afterwards God promises that He will never do it again! Why? Wouldn’t it be easier to just wipe the slate clean again?
What God shows us in the flood is that sin is such a pervasive problem that even choosing the most righteous person on earth and starting humanity over will not fix the problem! You can wipe the slate over and over, but it will keep getting dirty. Sin cannot be overcome simply from the outside in. It is something that must be dealt with from the inside out. In the Noahic covenant, God is reminding us that we must look for a savior who will not just wipe the earth clean but can also wipe our hearts clean.
Sometimes it is easy for us to want God to just wipe the earth clean of the sin, evil, and injustice we see. But the place God promises to start is not with the world, but with each person that would come to Him through Christ. Transformation comes from the inside out!
Lord, thank you that you are a God of new beginnings and that in Christ Jesus you forgive our sin and wash us white as snow. Lord, I confess to you today my own sin, and ask that you would continue to transform me from the inside out. Amen.