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The number 8 is biblically the number of new beginnings. When God poured out his wrath upon the earth and its wicked inhabitants, he chose to rebuild using the family of Noah–8 people. Preserving sets of the animals and creeping things, he kept with his original design of pairing male and female of each species. For one year, man and beast would exist harmoniously together.
Who kept Noah, his wife, his sons and his son’s wives from going crazy locked up on a boat with all those animals and creeping things? The smell alone would have been enough to gag you; and yet, this family was given charge and authority over the care of this magnificent zoo as God washed away the wickedness of man that was so great upon the earth.
In our continually changing times, soaring prices, job instabilities and tightening budgets and belts, life can seem like a zoo. Sometimes, trying to take it in more than one day at a time can be overwhelming and disheartening depending on the trials and tribulations being faced.
But, Ohhh … how wonderful it is to know that there is a master zoo keeper who is able to keep our lives from spinning completely out of control. He alone holds the keys that unlock the cages we are sometimes backed into; He alone cracks the whip that keeps the enemy at bay. In one name is all power and that name is Jesus!
Understandably, prayer – both personally and corporately – is a very necessary dependency needed to keep our sanity in this life. In the midst of a world that is increasingly becoming a zoo; a place wherein the heart of man grows increasingly anti-Christ-like ~~ depending on the master zoo keeper is insurance against losing our minds, our hopes and our joys.
12 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.