Comfortober: Noah


Comfort is such a difficult concept, but it can be the subtle lift we need to persevere through a hard period of life. As Erie is fully immersed in Fall, I have noticed myself having a hard time waking up or finding motivation. The sunrise and sunset are closer together, reminding us of impending snowfall in a¬†few¬†short weeks. It frustrates me to live here. In a few hours, we could easily find a more temperate climate. Again, as I have for the last few years, I ask myself “Why do we live here?” We have our reasons, including family and jobs, but the pain of winter leads me to seek comfort. As we all face changes in the seasons, hopefully we are also looking forward to exciting changes in life’s seasons. Any change brings a need for comfort, especially if they are negative changes. During the month of October, I plan to look at scripture and my own life for examples of comfort God provides. I am calling it: #Comfortober. Please feel free to use this hashtag for all your comfort finds!

Warnings

When trials rule and temptations drive, I seek comfort in Earthly things. I like the occasional glass of wine and the smell of my husband as he holds me just a moment longer. Ice cream and other desserts are great at momentary comfort, but none of these things last. The pride in a behaving child, as if they won’t be screaming a few moments later. A doctor finally finding a diagnosis. We find comfort in the strangest ways, but they never satisfy. We thirst for comfort once again.

Many Scriptures and stories warn us about comfortable situations. Moses is one of my favorite examples, as God asks him to do something he can’t even do in front of a few people. Moses does not want to speak, either due to a disability, paranoia, or lack of confidence. Yet, God calls him to speak. Do we have the gull to assume God only wants us to do what we are good at? We all like to be comfortable all the time. People, as a wide generalization, seek comfort. Christ knows comfort easily seduces us out of our trust in Him. So God regularly asks us to do uncomfortable things. But does He always want us to be uncomfortable? I would suggest the desire for comfort is present to be fully fulfilled by God’s goodness.

Power in Comfort

When I learned “Noah” means “comfort,” I immediately loved the name. It became my son’s middle name and the meaning gave me a new perspective on what comfort is and what it can do. There is deep power in comfort. It brings our souls security so we can boldly follow God.

Genesis 5:26 through Chapter 9 tells the story of Noah.

Noah was 500 years old when he became a father. He was a father of three sons who were all married before God first mentioned an ark or a flood to Noah. Can you imagine the sacrifices he made to remain righteous in the eyes of the Lord for 500 years? The amount of life Noah lived and saw before scripture tells of the Ark? His father had hoped Noah would “comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” Perhaps Noah invented tools to ease sowing, caring for, and reaping a harvest to fulfill his father’s expectations. Perhaps he kept to himself and found peace with God as he tended his fields. Scripture does not say anything more than the meaning behind “Noah” until he is found to be a father who remained righteous.

Remembering God’s Imagery

The irony is in the way God gives comfort through Noah. While the others never found true comfort, Noah has been the giver of comforting promises to the world in the new plan God has for his people. God uses Noah to show us His plan to save us. It foreshadows the ultimate plan to save His people by making them righteous through Christ, an opportunity lost in the unrighteousness of Noah’s peers. God is gracious to Noah. He is gracious to us, too. God provides patient help to His sinful children. He loves us deep enough to seek a solution and God grieves over the loss of His creation (Genesis 6:6).

The flood also mirrors the judgement of the Earth God has planned in the future. As my daughter and I have learned from “What’s in the Bible With Buck Denver,” the flood is one of our initial views of the stain of sin, the influence of sin, and the presence of sin. God is victorious over all the holds sin has over us.

Rest in His Promises

Instead of finding a comfortable life, we must find a comforted spirit. We begin to rest when we remind ourselves of God’s plan. He did not leave us in the midst of the unrighteous, but He began a work He will bring to completion. He has given us Christ to remove our stain of sin, so we might draw near to God. As we draw near, we begin to loosen the grip of sin’s influence. When God fully restores His perfect world, we will be free from the presence of sin.

He will not leave you in a season, even if it seems you have spent 500 years waiting for God’s direction. He has a plan for every son and daughter, and He will fulfill His ultimate plan to save us from the grip of sin. We must be willing to give up Earthly comforts for a trust in God’s good plan. This comfort will sustain us, just as it sustained Noah through a difficult season.

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This is the third writing in the #Comfortober series. If you would like to read the first and second posts, please click on the images below.

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