by Rev Joel Yong
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
In the beginning, the animals ate the plants.
So did mankind.
But things changed after the Flood.
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
It seems that it was only after the Flood that the consumption of meat was allowed, for humans (it’s unclear when the animals began eating one another).
This meant that Noah did not have a desire to consume some of the livestock for food or have to rely on the eggs the hens laid. He was on a vegan diet!
When I read this (being the meat lover that I am), I wonder if Noah complained about eating his vegetables!
“Goodness, I need more OOOMPHH in this diet!”
And I wonder if God had the Ark situation, in mind, when He considered the diet of mankind in the beginning.
In the same way, when I struggle in my parenting journey – I wonder if God had foreseen beforehand, the kind of father I would be- and despite the lack of prior proper examples in fathering, that I would be the father these kids ought to have.
You know what, I think He does.
The LORD knows ALL things after all.
And in His great wisdom, surely He knows what we need at each of our todays, in order to prepare us, because He also knows what lies ahead in our tomorrows.
When we grumble about today, perhaps in His great wisdom and love, there is a reason for it …
God is preparing us for what lies ahead in our tomorrows.