In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
When everything was ready and Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives were on the ark and the door had been shut, the fountains on the great deep were broken up. The waters came from below and from above. None of those eight on the ark had ever seen a flood. One can only imagine the thoughts and emotions these eight souls must have been experiencing.
At times, in life’s journey, we still experience the fountains of the great deep being broken up when we walk through hard places in life. The emotions, frustration, worry and heart break are certainly enough to drown us. In the midst of the storm it can be easy to wonder where God has gone.
The Hebrew word translated as broken up in the English means to split, divide, break through and to rip up. This word is used to describe what a woman goes through when she gives birth and what happens when an egg is hatched by it’s mother sitting upon it.
The key is our choice of whether to allow the floods of life to destroy us, as the flood of Noah’s day destroyed everything outside the ark or whether to allow our deep to be broken up and new life come out of the storm we are experiencing. We will experience storms. There is no question about that. The only question is what we allow the storm to produce in us. Death or new life.
Our choice is whether or not we enter the ark of safety. Jesus Christ is the only true safe place in the world in which we live and He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. In John 13:1 the Bible says that Jesus having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. We can count on Jesus loving us to the very end of the storms that come our way.
His purpose is not to destroy us but to produce new life. Noah had no idea where the ark would come to rest after the flood. I wonder what kind of emotions Noah must have experienced when he ventured off the ark for the first time after the flood. The world as he had known it was gone. Yet everything was completely clean. Noah simply immediately built an altar to God and offered sacrifice. What an awesome example he is.
Psalm 34:18, The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.