Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.” (Genesis 5:28-29)
From our perspective, Lamech seems to be somewhat of a prophet; he was confident that his son would be the one God used to bring rest from the curse that had been placed upon the ground. That is what the name Noah means, “rest, comfort.” Did he also know how God would use Noah to do this? Did he realize that a flood of waters would wash away all the transgressors and cleanse the earth of its corruption?
There are two points that occur to me in this situation: first of all, God is about life and restoration. He didn’t create the earth to be corrupt or cursed; He created the earth to be a habitation for mankind and where He could commune with His beloved creation. Because of the corruption that was threatening to literally destroy the earth, the flood became an unfortunate necessity in order to preserve His original purpose for the earth.
That leads me to the second point: in order to have true peace, sometimes you have to go to war. In this case, in order to preserve life, certain things had to be destroyed. For the ground to realize the rest that Lamech spoke of, Noah had to prepare an ark for the saving of his family so that he might replenish what had to be destroyed.
In our lives, there are times that God has to allow certain unpleasant circumstances to touch us in order to provoke to draw closer to Him that we might live and prosper. Sometimes things in our lives have to be “destroyed” in order for us to find the rest that only exists in an intimate relationship with Him. When these times arise, we must always remember that He always acts in our best interest. He is not the God of the dead but God of the living and will always provoke us to choose life.
Blessings and Shalom,