Read: Genesis 6:1 – 8:22
“When can we leave the ark, Father?” Noah peered out hopefully. His face fell as he saw the dove approaching. It hadn’t found a dry perch. He sighed. “Not today.”
Over a year had gone by since the springs of the great deep had burst forth and floodgates of heaven were unleashed on the earth. (Genesis 7:11) A world which had never before experienced rain was now completely submerged. The deluge itself had lasted only 40 days; however, drying out was another matter. God had been very vocal when commissioning the ark. He provided specific instructions for construction and clear guidelines for who should go in. But now, He was silent. Noah and his family waited and then waited some more. Had God forgotten them?
While they waited and wondered, “God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him and the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” Though they didn’t know it, God was working on their behalf to restore order. Noah’s faith must have been bolstered when the ark finally came to rest on a mountain. He must have been thrilled when the dove finally didn’t return. But he waited until God spoke and told him to leave the ark. (Genesis 8:15-16) Noah’s patience and trust were rewarded with a brand new world, one memorialized by rainbows.
Today’s fast-food culture scoffs at waiting. We want what we want and we want it now. This attitude puts us at cross-purposes with God. If Noah had taken matters into his own hands, he may have found himself sinking in deep waters. When God seems silent, wait and trust him to sort things out in a way that we never could. He is always worth the wait.
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