And of every living thing of all flesh two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.Genesis 6:19-21
I’ve read this scripture several times over my lifetime. But I’ve never noticed this section. We talk about the story of Noah and his family and the pairs of animals saved from the flood.
But I realized that God was concerned about “every creeping thing” as well. He wasn’t just concerned about preserving Noah and his family. Or the big important animals. He was careful to instruct Noah to include “every creeping thing of the earth after its kind”.
Second, God showed concern for the wellbeing of these creeping things as well. He wanted them to be kept alive.
Third, His instructions to Noah about the food he brought onto the ark were clear. “…And it shall be for food for thee, and for them”.
I was touched by God’s care to specifically include all creeping things to be “kept alive” from the flood. I began to wonder if God cared so deeply for a gnat or roach or grasshopper, how much more did He care for me?
God took time to ensure these creepy, crawlers would be kept alive, their lineage would be preserved, and that they would have food.
In Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us that our Heavenly Father cares about us. He said we are more precious than the fowls of the air who don’t have to provide for themselves. (Matthew 6: 25-34)
The story of Noah is a reminder to me that God in His mercy does care for me. And if He put that much thought into the wellbeing and survival of a gnat or flea. Would He not take even greater care of me?
Remember that God loves you. It doesn’t matter what we think we know. He loves us and is concerned about our wellbeing. You can trust Him on that. Don’t allow personal tragedies or the wickedness of man to fog over your vision.
You are way more important than a gnat. Believe that God cares specifically about you.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we are glad that you are so honed into the needs of your creation. Thank you for caring for us. Even when we don’t believe you do. You still look out for us. You still protect us. You still provide for us. Thanks for being our helper through your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.