Those of us who live in places where you get snow will be familiar with waking to that pristine shiny newness of freshly fallen white stuff. You don’t want to step out and spoil the perfection of it…or maybe you do! We’re all different!
Anyway, the day finally arrived for Noah and his family to leave the ark. (Genesis 8 v 16) The land stretched out before them, clean and new and untouched. Just like at the Creation, they were told to go forth and multiply. There’s another story in the bible that comes to my mind here – Matthew 13 v 8 – the parable of the sower. Personally, I think the point of that story is that if you are going to plant seeds, you need to prepare the space they are going to occupy if you want a good crop. And that is exactly what God had done here – the land was beautifully prepared to give them all the very best opportunity to go forth and multiply.
God wants us to bear good fruit – John 15 v 7-8
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
If we are obedient, and ‘remain in him’ then surely we can trust God to plant us in soil that is good for us, where we can be fruitful. That might not always be easy pastures – cacti bear fruit in the desert places – it depends on what we need to be fruitful, and what fruit he wants to develop in us.
What is the ‘good soil’ God has prepared for me? If it is a relatively easy place, that doesn’t mean we can just rest up; and if it’s a hard place that doesn’t mean we just give up. If it is the good soil God has prepared for me, then it is possible, even mandatory, to go forth and ‘multiply’.