• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 3, 2021

Daily Reading: Genesis 8-11

Genesis 9:1

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives; eight people in all had the world all unto themselves. We can only dream of what it must have been like. I would call it amazing; others may call it isolated, but an entire world to explore without a million other people doing the same thing at the same time. It was a new world, or rather a remake of the old. A world forged by the flood, with its mountain ranges, crevasses, new weather patterns, cold and heat variances. Yes, these eight humans had much to learn, which for survival sake they had to learn quickly. Remember, prior to the flood the physical world was quite different.

When thinking about this new world with all its possibilities and opportunities I think about my Uncle Ron. Ron was my dad’s brother. He led an amazing life filled with adventure. He was a fighter jet pilot during the Vietnam War era, a private pilot with his own plane, he loved boats and the ocean, fishing, and wildlife. He was also a business owner who taught me much about an industry that I would make a fine living in before being called into ministry. I worked for him for a few years and we spent some time together flying in his plane. One time, as we were flying over the South Padre Island coast, he asked me if I knew why he loved flying and boating. I didn’t so he told me. Very succinctly he said, “There are no roads in the air or on the water.” Then he explained further that he never liked the overpopulated areas, or the rules of society, or the laws that govern our every movement. In the air, or on the water, he felt free. My dad is very much the same, they both walked to their own drummer (Dad still does).

Some people just have that pioneering spirit. I do. If it were not for my call to pastor in the Fort Worth area, I would be a vagabond. Alone in a cabin, in the forest, by a trout stream, living a remarkably simple, yet free life. But that is not God’s will for me. Neither was it for my dad and his brother. We must “make a living” to live in society and play according to its norms of behavior. Noah and his family did not. They were absolutely free to roam wherever they desired, live according to their ability, they paid no taxes, there were no traffic jams, just life. I’m envious of them, I confess.

Noah and his family had one other thing in their favor. Upon exiting from the ark, every human alive on earth believed in God; believed and understood the covenant that God made with them. What a world it would be if every person alive would believe God, know Him, and live according to His teachings. Sounds like heaven. Oh, wait, that will be Heaven, our future home. It will be populated with more than eight people for sure, but all people there will believe God, and live free lives in a new world created for us by our loving Father. I for one, can’t wait. Perhaps He will give me that cabin.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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