Read: Genesis 10:1-5
“Cross my heart and hope to die.” This was the saying that my friends and I said as kids. We were swearing that the truth was being told and we were going to follow through with whatever we had talked about.
I had a friend in elementary school that I was really close with. She was probably one of my best friends. We hung out a lot and told each other just about everything. There was a sad time when she told me about her parents getting a divorce. I tried to comfort her, but I didn’t really know what to say. The only thing she asked of me was to not tell anyone. I said what we used to say: “Cross my heart . . . ”
However, I did not keep that promise. I had kind of a big mouth and told a few people what was going on. That just made her really upset and angry at me. She stopped talking to me for a few days because of how mad I had made her. I broke my promise and hurt a really good friend who was going through a hard time.
Genesis chapter 10 is beginning to show us more fully who our God is. We just finished reading the epic flood God sent to destroy a wicked people, but He saved one family, Noah’s. Now, you might imagine that after an event like that, it might be a bit hard to believe God when He says He will fulfill His promises. Yes, He saved you, but He also destroyed the world and the boys probably lost a lot of friends.
God, however, continues to show His grace and mercy by completely fulfilling His promise that they will be fruitful and multiply across the earth. In verses 1-5, we get to learn about the sons Japheth had, as well as his grandchildren. The Bible mentions 7 of his sons, and there were probably many daughters. We also learn about the 7 grandsons from only two of his sons. Japheth had a large family. And we see that they spread out across the regions. They moved along the coast and created many nations and peoples.
God was and is faithful to His people. He will always keep the promises He makes. They will be fulfilled. God is not someone who will forget what He has said and go against His word. Even after punishing the earth, He still allows Noah to go forth, multiply, and fill it.
God will keep the promises He makes to us. Read Romans 8:38-39. Paul reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. He has promised not to leave us or forsake us. Pray today that the Lord will show you His love. Surrender those things to Him that is making you doubt that the Lord Loves you in full, for He always fulfills His promises.