Forethought: “thoughtful provision beforehand, provident care; prudence; a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.”
“But God remembered Noah and…” 8:1. Had God forgotten Noah while “the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days,” (Genesis 7:24)? While we cannot possibly understand all of God’s thoughts and ways;…
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts,” Isaiah 55:8;
…we can be certain Noah was not an afterthought. What we have read in the previous chapters of Genesis makes this abundantly clear. In remembering Noah, God was choosing to turn away from His judgment on mankind and turn again to His grace and mercy towards us. From the beginning, in His thoughtful provision and provident care, He promised Adam and Eve the Seed of woman would crush the head of Satan. His work, not man’s!
His Forethought provided protection for Noah and His family. And although “the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” 8:21, God declared He would never again destroy every living thing. We are at His mercy. His plan of salvation became abundantly clear; salvation belongs to God; He alone is our salvation from judgment; it was His Forethought all along. There is nothing man can do to rescue himself. We only need to come into His provision.
There are many speculations as to why God deemed it necessary to wipe out all but one family, but today let us consider how we can respond to His Forethought.
One day all of sin will be eradicated. God will again “remember” and the waters of the flood of sin will subside and a new heaven and new earth will be made ready for God’s saints for all eternity, (Revelation 21). It has been His plan, His Forethought, since the beginning.
In the meantime, this earth-time, let us respond as Noah. Noah’s first act was to build an altar to the LORD, surely prompted by an intense gratitude for his salvation and an overwhelming awareness of God’s great mercy. Today may we live with such gratitude for His great gift of salvation, consumed with the reality of His immeasurable mercy in His Forethought. Oh that our very lives be built as an altar, an offering to the Lord, a soothing aroma of humility, gratitude and praise.