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God is Our Hope

And called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”

Genesis 5:29

Watch Week Two, Day One

Not long after Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden of Eden did sin begin wreaking havoc on the world. Genesis 5 recounts Adam’s genealogy and not two generations pass before a pattern begins to develop: “When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son, in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died” (vv. 3–5). As for Seth, he “lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died” (vv. 7–8). “All the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died” (v. 11). “All the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died” (v. 14). And so on.

But something happens as we continue reading. The pattern is interrupted when we come to the son of a man named Lamech. “When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, ‘Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands’” (Genesis 5:28–29). Rather than simply giving the name of Lamech’s son and an account of the years he lived, nestled between one death and another, we find an explanation. And just as quickly as the pattern is broken, it’s picked up again as we read that “Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died” (v. 31).

When we find these kinds of abnormalities in Scripture, we have to ask, what’s going on here? The name Noah literally means “rest.” So why the added explanation?

What we’ll find, as we delve into our study of the Noahic covenant, is that this “explanation” is not really an explanation at all. What reads like an explanation is actually a declaration of hope, a look forward to a promise of rest and relief in the midst of a world full of toil and struggle.

This is how we’re first introduced to Noah, and what a way to make an entrance! In a world surrounded by death, Noah’s birth breaks through with a promise of something better, a promise that there will come an end to the struggle and the toil. Pain and death will not rule forever. Something’s coming, and it will bring us rest.

This is what the Noahic covenant invites us into: hope. And isn’t that exactly what we’re all looking for? No matter our circumstances, we could all use hope, because we, like Lamech—and Enosh and Seth and Adam— know what it’s like to live in a world ravaged by sin. Sin has separated us from God, too, and we feel it. Death is in our world, too, and it robs us of the ones we love. But there’s good news. Hope has broken through to remind us that there is one who is coming to bring us relief, and in him we will find our rest.


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Are you weary? Are there areas of your life where you feel worn out and listless? What would it look like to find rest in those areas?

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I love not only the promise of a beautiful, perfect, joyful rest in eternity but that we can also rest in Christ now, on earth. We can rest from our striving to measure up because we already do in Christ. We can experience joy here. We can serve and honor Him from His strength and that we already measure up by His blood rather than our own strength which fails us. We can abide in Him and know that He is God and not we ourselves. I know I won’t even rest in Him perfectly and will fail miserably in that, but the beautiful process of growing in that rest, dependence and fellowship with Him is a crazy, amazing adventure! So thankful.

Right at the moment I am not weary. However, I recently experienced a long weary season where I was discouraged, listless and hopeless. My recent breakthrough came after I decided to take my eyes off of the circumstance (person) and rest them on Jesus alone. Resting in his power, love, care and surrendering the person and my loss to Jesus alone.

I am worn out every day with everything that I do. From being a mom, wife, teacher, cook, house cleaner, and the list goes on and on…. Do not get me wrong, I love being all of these things and I would not trade it for nothing in this world, I just sometimes feel so burnt out and useless, because I am doing too much and I never have any down time, except for right before I go to bed. I just feel that since I am not taking care of me and my needs, that I am failing at being the best mom, wife, and teacher that I can be.

I feel weary in my friendships. I am trying to be 100% present in all of them and be there for them but it leaves me feeling so tired. My fear is if I’m not showing well, the friendship will crumble. I need to let go of holding it all together and surrender it to the Lord. I know He will lead me to focus on the friendships I am needing to pour into and give me rest in letting others purse friendships with me.

I worry over many things, and most of the time there is no need for the worry but I still do. I know to lift these worries and fears up to the Lord and occasionally I will. It is very relieving to have that type of break. It is during these times I find enjoyment in little things. But this is a habit I’m still learning.

I don’t feel like I have reason or even right to complain. I am very blessed. But God knows my heart and that even in my blessing, I do feel worn out in trying to figure out Gods future plans for me. I know He has more for me. I know I should be doing more, I just don’t know what. I get freaked out a little that I’m going to miss it or that people will see my life as lazy. But God is in control. He is way too powerful for me to mess up His plans. God, you see me. And you know my heart. I trust you.

I feel the exact same way!! Although I hate that you’re feeling this way, it is a great comfort to read back my own thoughts through your words.

I’ve felt weary and listless for the past couple of years. I attempted to start a life here with someone I loved. Unfortunately, that did not work out. I’ve been struggling trying to find my sanity and my way forward in this difficult season. I feel very lonely and cut off from family and community being away from home. I’ve tried to build a life elsewhere and I feel it’s just not working. However, I do feel God bringing clarity and vision back to my life. God, I’m so thankful for this and for you. Finding rest in this area would look like accepting the fact that I don’t have to have everything figured out. I can’t plan and control every aspect of my life. Thank goodness God does though. God, I know you’re at work in my life. I know you’re making a way for me. I feel it. Help me to just surrender the details to you. God, open the doors for me that you want me to walk through. Close doors that are done. Help me lean on you as a venture out into a new season. It won’t be perfect or easy but I have you God. You are enough. Please help me not miss what you have for me, help me see clearly. I love you so much God. I’m nothing without you. Amen <3

Yes, even as I am reading this, I feel weary and worn. Oh, the waiting. I tend to focus on the waiting instead of the hope. How can I shift my focus when I am feeling so worn and tired in my present? What will it take to shift my vision? Oh, to feel so relaxed in the stillness and the knowing hope. The immediacy, the enveloping darkness of the day surrounds my impatience in my present moment. Hope would feel like an extended and ever present vacation. I long to feel this hope of rest relationally, in my family and financially
HOPE: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

I definitely feel weary in the season I am in. I am a single mother to two teenagers and work full-time. It is exhausting to keep up with the events they are involved in (and each of them are only involved in one sport/activity each). I struggle with perfectionism, which I feel causes more weariness. I try so hard to be a good mother. I am learning that if I turn my children and my life over to GOD and let go of trying to control it, I will find rest. It sounds so simple, yet is so difficult to put into action.

Weariness. Same thing over and over, I try, I fail, I dream, it is unmet, I hope, unmet….so I try something new….and the pattern goes. I do long for the rest that comes from You and knowing I am where I am supposed to be and You always take care of me.

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