We had the opportunity to stay at a seaside location sometime back, right smack in the middle of tropical storm season. The weather was a curious mix. The sun was shining most of the time, yet the sea kept pounding the coastline. So whilst we were getting some sun, we were also getting the spray from the breaking waves. Like I said, it was a curious mix. But when it got dark, and the hustle and bustle of life died down; all we could hear were the waves crashing on the seawall in front of the place we were staying, and all we could feel were the thuds and shocks of each wave that resonated through the housing structure; it got scary. Worse still, the locals decided to keep search lights on throughout the night, panning the seas. That was when we started to wonder if it was really safe.

And life is like that sometimes, is it not? By and large, the sun is shining. Things are going well. But there is always that ‘something’, and not always a small ‘something’ either, that crashes in on us, constantly, relentlessly. And during the day, when the distractions of our lives allow us to take our eyes away from the crashing waves, they are bearable. But in the stillness of the night, when the music has died and the party is over, and all that is left is us, the relentless crashing can get scary. But beloved, for us who believe, we should never forget that we have Jesus, our precious ‘seawall’, standing resolute in the face of our waves, holding them back, whether we realize it or not.

Now, when we are faced with life’s crashing waves, we must always remember that we are not the first to experience such a situation. Noah, when he was in the ark, must have felt something similar.

“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 7:17-24

Where we were, the weather need not have been storming for the waves to cause a storey-high breaker. What more for Moses, when there was rain and waters that rose 7 meters, or 22 feet, above the highest peak? Never mind the crashing waves, the ark, though large, must have been tossed about like a rubber duckie in a child’s tub at bath time. Yet, those who were in the ark remained alive.

And the trial was no one-night trial either. 150 days, it lasted. Yet, Noah, his family and the animals, clean and unclean, were protected, and provided for; at the ark’s expense.

Beloved, Noah lived through the flood because,

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”” Genesis 6:5-7

So the collective wrath of our Father fell on the ark.

Now, in similar fashion, when the time came to set right the world’s sin again; this time, because our Father swore to Noah,

“I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” Genesis 8:21

Our Father did not send an ark, He sent His Son, so that

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

And by His act of sacrifice,

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,” Ephesians 2:13-14

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Remember beloved, long before Jesus came to walk the earth, our Father promised Him and all who would believe in Him, through Isaiah,

“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:7-10

Our Father knew that He would need to take all our sins and pin them to Jesus on the cross. He knew that He would need to unleash all His collective Holy wrath on Jesus so that all our sins can be purged and dealt with, once for all. And He knew that in order to do this, He needed to turn His back on Jesus for that mere moment, and that was when Jesus cried out,

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

All this had to happen so that our Father can say, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17


“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

And this was not done only for a select few. Just like the animals in the ark were a representation of all whom our Father purposed to save,

“Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.” Genesis 7:8-9

So our Father’s gift of salvation, Jesus’ sacrifice, is available to all who would hear and believe, for Jesus Himself said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

But what about the here and now; yes, I know my sins are forgiven; yes, I know that I will have eternal life when the time comes for me to go. But what about the problems that plague me now? Surely the Almighty God can’t possibly mean for me to be left alone now? Yes, beloved, you are absolutely right. He is not an impractical God, He is with you, always, especially in the here and now, and He has promised,

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16


“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

So therefore,

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” Psalm 91:9-10
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:5-8

When life’s storms crash in on you, beloved, look at Jesus and know that like the seawall, He is taking it all for you. He is there, protecting you. Think about it, if our Father sacrificed His own Son to protect us from His wrath which we rightly deserve, because of our sin; how much more will He not protect us from life’s storms and crashing waves now that we have been made righteous in Him? Sure, we feel the spray. Sure, we feel the thuds and shocks. But that just shows how much worse it would have been if we had been left alone to fend for ourselves. It also shows how much Jesus has taken for us.

In the end, the seawall protecting the place we stayed stood the test. Despite all we felt, we never were in any danger. Now, that was a mere creation of man. How much more protection does Jesus give us? So when life’s troubles come crashing down on your coastline, always look at Jesus, our infallible seawall, and know that just like,

“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark.” Genesis 8:1

Our Father remembers you because you are well-protected in His Son.

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