“The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).

One thing that hasn’t changed as result of the flood is man’s heart. It is still evil. The real change is seen in the heart of God. He will not allow the rebellion of man to detract him from his hopes, dreams, and aspirations for his created order. Thus, the flood isn’t so much about water and rainbows as it is God and his grace. He has inundated our world with undeserved and immeasurable grace in the hope that we might rise above the despair that seeks to drown out our lives. A fresh start is never about our goodness but God’s grace.

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