Saturday, July 31, 2021

Genesis 8:14-16 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Genesis 8:14-16

By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”


We have to wait on the Lord! The earth was dry, and I’m sure the ark was getting cramped at this point, but Noah still waits on the Lord to tell him when to move! We can’t let our surroundings dictate our faith or let what we see override what God has told us!


Imagine this: You have been cooped up in a boat with all these animals and the same seven people for months. You finally see the water has receded, and things look normal. What would you do? Would you wait on the Lord or jump off the ark with a quickness? I would love to say I would wait, but truth be told, I don’t know what I would do. But this doesn’t just apply to Noah; it also applies to us now.


Do we wait on the Lord to tell us to move, or do we blaze our own trail? Do we trust the Lord or what we see more? The Lord rescued Noah and his family, and Noah shows he has a faith-filled, grateful, and thankful heart by waiting on the Lord. But how many times has the Lord saved me, and I turn right around and take control back? How arrogant and prideful I can be to forget so quickly how He saved me and always has my best interests in mind! We can’t be fooled into thinking that it’s our job to control things or make things happen in our timing but only in His!


One more thing the Holy Spirit revealed to me this morning, and that is it took Noah a whole lot longer to build the ark than to live on it. Preparation is key. What we pour ourselves into now can save us in the future. If He is calling you to build something in your walk/life in Him now, then you can trust and believe it will carry you through a storm later on down the road! Trust the One who chose the cross as His throne and the tomb as His palace!


Jeremiah 17:7-8 - “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!




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