We often thank God for Jesus. We thank him for his Word. We thank him for worship, for being with Gideon and speaking to John. For walking with Abraham and leading Moses. We thank him for his blessing and his mercy and his grace.
But do we stop enough to thank him for the flood? And when I say the flood I am not talking metaphorically about some flood of his Holy Spirit or some great outpouring of his love, I am talking about the actual flood that covered the earth and was only survived by two of every animal and Noah and his family. I am thankful for the flood.
You see, if it weren’t for the flood, there would be no bacon. No bacon!
When God created man, he placed him in the Garden and said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (Genesis 1:29) So basically, God created man to be vegetarians. No wait, there’s more, he even created animals to be vegetarians, “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." (Genesis 1:30)
So there we were man and beast all happy eating fruits and veggies. Or being as happy as we can be eating only fruits and veggies.
But thank God for the flood. Because it was after the flood when God was speaking with Noah that he said this, “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” (Genesis 9:3) Whew, thank God…can I get an amen.