God sees the wickedness of man and is grieved over it. It hurts His heart! (Genesis 6:6) Because God is HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and JUST, He will not tolerate sin forever. God is compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Psalms 86:15). "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9) but God has His limits!
In the middle of all the evil, God sees the righteousness of Noah. God speaks to Noah, and like Enoch in chapter five, Noah "walked with God". God warns Noah and instructs him on how to prepare for His coming judgement. God gives Noah specific instructions and establishes a covenant with him. God provides for Noah's (and his family) physical needs and He gives them plenty of time to prepare. Then God shuts the door of the ark. (Genesis 7:16) I was reminded of Isaiah 22:22, "...what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open."
The flood waters came and covered the earth.
The description of the waves was particularly interesting to me this time because just this morning I dreamed of being in a boat out on the ocean. I couldn't see anything but the massive waves on which my boat was floating. The waves rose extremely high and I was carried on them until they crested and I plummeted into a narrow gorge. I landed safely, having only hit a few tree limbs on the way down.
The similarities of my dream and the description of the waves of the flood in Genesis 7:17-20 were so strikingly similar, I couldn't help but think that God was telling me something. I believe He is reminding me of exactly what is recorded in Genesis 6 and 7: God sees the wickedness of man and He has about reached His limit. His judgement is coming and only those who are in the boat with Him will land safely. The tree limbs represent the tree on which Jesus was crucified. The narrow gorge represents the narrow gate/way that Jesus Christ talked about in Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
God has limits
God grieves over sin
God judges sin
God shows the righteous favor
God sees all
God warns of judgement
God prepares the righteous
God establishes a covenant with the righteous
God is a refuge for the righteous
God secures His children