January 24th: A Flood Covers the Earth
This Morning’s Scripture:
Open your Bible to Genesis 6:9–9:17 and read these verses aloud.
God always loves us.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” (Ephesians 3:18)
God, thanks for do-overs. Even when I’m drowning in sin, I know you’ve forgiven me because of Jesus and that you want to be my friend. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Memory Verse Songs:
We Can Trust Him
As I Have Loved You
Walk the aisles of a department store or browse online and you might see Noah’s ark-themed gift bags, paintings, and even bedsheets. When did this story of God’s judgment become so soft and cuddly? Beyond boats, animals, and rainbows, Noah’s story tells of a sin problem and God’s extreme approach to washing it away. Why so extreme? Because God loves us and wants to be close to us, and sin gets in the way.
Ultimately, God loved us so much he sent Jesus to “wash our sins away.” Like the ark rescued Noah and his family, Jesus is our rescuer who got rid of the power of sin in our lives once and for all.
So, what can you take away from this story? Most of the time you probably want to be close to the people you love. That’s why it can be hard sometimes to be away from those you are close to. God wants to be close friends with you, and the depths of his love.