“So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.’”
— Genesis 6:12-13
Have you ever been caught in a storm, terrified by the cracking of thunder and the flash of lightning? Imagine how the people of Noah’s day felt when the thunder crashed, the winds howled, and the water poured for days. The Flood was such a terrifying experience that it has remained forever etched in the memory of humankind. People all around the globe— from the Indians of Mexico to the inhabitants of the South Seas to the Eskimos of the Arctic— have included the story of this worldwide catastrophe in their oral and written histories.
We know that God decided to destroy the earth because the people were evil, but why did He decide to do it through a flood? Why did He decide to save Noah in an ark? God put these things in place as symbols. God wanted to preserve humankind and His truth from a flood of sin which covered the earth. He used a flood of water to wash away the flood of sin—the profanity, blasphemy, pornography, divorce, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and perversion of every sort that covered the earth. God wanted to keep Noah safe from His wrath against sin, so He told Noah to build the ark. The ark was the only safe place in the world during this catastrophe.
Today the world is just as wicked as it was before the Flood, and God has told us He will destroy it again. God has promised that this time He will destroy it by fire. But in His mercy, He has provided another ark. This one isn’t made with human hands, but by God Himself. This ark is His only Son, Christ Jesus, whom He sent into the world. Christ is our ark of safety. He is the only place where we will stay safe when God releases the raging fire of His wrath. Once it starts, we’ll have no time to tell others to “come aboard.” So let us work as long as we can so that others might know that they can have safe passage to Heaven through Jesus Christ.