Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 8.
Meditate on Genesis 8:1 “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and He sent a wind over the earth and the waters receded.”
At the beginning of chapter eight God remembers Noah and the animals. He shuts the springs of deep and begins to let the water recede from the raging flood.
A change in God and Noah’s conversation happens during the flood. In the time leading up to the flood, God is very thorough with Noah. Letting him know the exact details of the flood and how he needed to build the ark, even what animals he needed to bring. During the flood, we don’t see any conversation going on between God and Noah.
This is when Noah has to put into practice the truth He has been told previously by God. He knew according to God’s word that the flood would last forty days and forty nights. After that time has passed Noah begins seeking the Lord for what to do next. He sends out different birds to see if it is safe to exit the ark.
Noah knew once one of the birds did not return that there must have been dry land for the bird to land on available, but he still waited to hear from God. Finally, God speaks to Noah after several months pass. He gives Noah and his family the command to exit the ark. They immediately worship God in building an altar and offering sacrifices. Then the chapter concludes with God promising to never destroy all living things as He had done with the event of the flood.
Two things to note in chapter eight. God remembers Noah. He also prepared Noah with exactly what he would need to endure the period of waiting and trusting.
There will be times in our lives that God will be so near and He will speak to us and prepare us for the “storms” that are inevitably heading our way. In doing this He has provided everything that we need to survive.
We can have faith and trust that during the storm God may seem far away or quiet, but He will remember His people and His promises. We may be perplexed and crushed, but we are not abandoned or destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Prayer: God thank you that you are a God who cares to prepare and equip your people with your truth and strength before a storm. Thank you that you have given us your word that is full of your chosen people depending on your word, your strength, and their faith to survive the storms of this life. Thank you that those examples have given us your promises and modeled your faithfulness. Thank you that we get to do that for others in our lives when we endure the storms and depend on your promises. Lord, please give me your promises that will prepare me and be my strength during the storm. In Jesus’ name amen.
Application: Write down an example of a time when God felt very near and provided you with the exact thing that you would need to survive something hard that would happen later.
How has sharing that experience with another encouraged them or given you an extra measure of compassion for someone?
If you cannot think of an example then pray for God to bring an example to mind or bring someone who needs to hear your story across your path. When you meet them be bold to share what God has done for you.