- Genesis 8:13-16 (NKJV)
- 13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.
- 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
- 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
How would you like to be cooped up in an Ark full of animals for 150 days? Maybe you’ve heard the expression about cutting off your nose to spite your face, but being cooped up in an Ark full of animals for 150 days may be a case of cutting off your nose to bless your face!
Being cooped up 150 days in an Ark full of animals is exactly what happened to Noah & Co. But finally, as our bible lesson today states, “the waters were dried up from the earth.”
But here’s the thing I want you to notice, it was almost two months later before God allowed them to get off the Ark.
Can you imagine? Here they were safely settled on dry land, cooped up with an Ark full of animals (and I bet Noah and his family were a little weary of each other also!), but they had to wait—wait for God’s OK.
The ONE THING for today is: Learning to wait on God’s timing is one of the hardest things to do in life. Today your life may be more like a storm-tossed Ark full of animals. Be patient, God is not deaf or blind—He hears your prayers and knows where you are. Wait on him; He will get you out of your current stinky situation and when He does—it will be worth the wait.
31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)