“The LORD smelled the soothing aroma and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.” Gen. 8:21
The ground was cursed on account of Adam in Gen. 3:17 (see my previous posting “The Curse of Mankind”). We do not know how much damage was done to the ground by the initial curse; nor do we know if the cleansing flood restored the ground or made it worse (though I tend to think the former.) However because God chooses here never to curse the ground again, it would appear that the flood washed clean both mankind and the ground, and for the time being, punishment on both were lifted. Thorns and thistles less abundant, and fruit being produced easier. And as Adam, and thus mankind, was made from the ground, now we too, can produce more spiritual fruit, and hopefully have a little less toil against the ground, and ourselves.
God also promises the restoration and continuation of the seasons, which were very likely disrupted the entire prior year due to the flood. He promises that the seedtime and harvest, the summer and winter and the day and night will continue.
In a day and age where there are rumors both among believers and non-believers about cataclysmic events causing chaos with the status quo, such as the earth’s axis being reversed or rising sea levels, it appears that this promise of God means we need not be concerned with that. In fact, Jesus Himself said “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark.” (Matt. 24:38) In short, it will be “business as usual.” And when it comes, it will come quite suddenly, and hopefully, as with Noah and his family, we will be spared!