God Remembered

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Genesis 8:1-12

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. (v. 1)

God remembered. One of the most important traits of God, according to Scripture, is that God remembers. The Bible tells us again and again that God remembers. Because of God’s steadfast love, his covenant commitment, God’s memory is long and sure and true. But who or what does God remember?

In this passage, it is clear that God remembers Noah and his human kinfolk. But God also remembers the animals – wild and domestic – with Noah in that floating species preserve of an ark. God’s remembrance includes more than humans. We should not be surprised, since in Genesis 6:18-22 the text tells us that God commanded Noah to take two of every species of every living thing into the ark, male and female, with adequate food not only for the human but also for the nonhuman passengers of that homely vessel. Noah, the new Adam, does all that God commands, in stark contrast to the first Adam.

Our memories are fragile and often failing. We forget all too easily, especially as we age. God, however, remembers us, and God remembers all our nonhuman kin, because of his covenant love.


O God of unfailing memory, we thank you that you continually remember us and those creatures whom you have made.