When warm weather comes, it is a good time to do some window cleaning. You get out the ladder, the rags, the Windex, or maybe a squeegee. You keep rubbing the glass until you hear that “squeak.” The task being nearly complete, you back up slightly, get the light just right, and make sure you did it well. Then you see it – a big, old smudge.
Quite a few years back, God did some cleaning, too. Anybody that had the dirt of unrighteousness was drowned. He sprayed them down for months until he heard that “squeak.” God did such a thorough job cleaning up that only eight people and a boat of animals made it out high and dry.
It’s here that we back up slightly from the “window” in Genesis 9. The task is nearly completed. God signs a new agreement, shares some new rules, solicits a new sign . . . and then we see it – a big, old smudge. The one who walked with God, the one who was blameless among all the people of the Earth, this same Noah is stone-cold drunk and lying in his pup tent with nothing on but a grin. But there is another smudge in the corner of this “window.” Noah's son, Ham, is just staring while he tells his brothers to come look.
When you and I see smudges and streaks, we spray and wipe until we get them. As for God, did he spray the earth down again? No, he had just promised that would never happen again. Did he wipe these smudges off the face of the earth then? No, look again at verse 28. Noah went on to live for another 350 years!
Where does this leave us today? We've been through a clean-up also. Ours was not only with water, but with blood, Jesus' blood. And since that cleansing, you and I have both been naked in our tents or gazed upon someone who has been. In other words, we have messed up after being cleaned up. Is there any hope? You bet your sweet squeegee there is! God said we don't just live 350 years on this earth, we get to live an eternity with him! The next time you just plain don't do what God expects of you, don't quit. Instead, close the flaps on your tent, get dressed, and praise God that he still does windows!