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Genesis 8 - The waiting game

Think your life is a zoo? Spend a few minutes considering Noah's long faithfulness.

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Genesis 8 Summary

  • v1-3 - The chapter opens with a simple, but beautifully worded reminder of God's faithfulness: "But God remembered..." The rain comes to a stop and the water begins to recede.

  • v4-14 - When we think of the flood, we remember it rained for 40 days and nights, but even after the rain stopped, the floods persisted for almost half a year.

    • Noah dispatches birds to scout for dry land.

    • Finally, after almost a year cooped up caring for thousands of animals on a boat, the dove found dry ground.

  • v15-19 - The earth is re-populated with animals and people.

  • v20-22 - The Lord promises to preserve the Earth and its seasons.

Dig Deeper

Two big themes are present in this chapter:

  1. God's faithfulness - The chapter begins with "But God remembered," and ends with His promise to continue sustaining the earth despite the evil inclinations of man's heart.

  2. Noah's perseverance - We can read this entire chapter in less than three minutes, plus we already knew how it would end before we began. Now put yourself in Noah's position: day after day of chores and logistic problems to solve to keep all the animals fed, bedded and content; week after week of wondering if the giant wooden boat would hold together; month after month of simmering tensions and interpersonal conflicts between families. That's a massive load of stress! But yet, Noah waited patiently, even as it took months for God's faithfulness to become clear to Noah. Know that even though you can absolutely count on God's faithfulness, life often involves long periods of waiting.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who remembers His children;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray for patience as you wait for God's promises to be fulfilled in your life.




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