Operating on God’s Time Table

 

 

We are introduced to Noah in when he is 500 years old as God shared with him his intentions and his instructions.

Genesis 6:13-14 “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness … Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.”  (CSB)

Notice in Genesis 6 – 8, Noah must operate on God’s time table. God gives verbal commands “Build,” “Enter,” and “Exit.”  Noah must wait on God for further instructions.

Perhaps the construction project took 100 years!  They entered the ark and waited 7 days before the rain started. The ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat, and they waited 7 months while the water receded and the process of drying the land continued.  How many times did they look at the calendar and say, “Is today the day we get to leave this ark?”  So Noah waited.

What’s your attitude when waiting?  Frustrated? God does not move as quickly as we wish He would. Why does God put us in situations where we have to wait? Waiting is a test of obedience.

Notice God operates “one step at a time!” He is the one in control. Noah waited for further instructions, and when it was God’s time, God revealed the next step.

Genesis 8:1 “God remembered Noah …” Had God put Noah, his family, and all those animals on the ark and forgotten them?  No!  It was time to express his care and concern for them.

They were the object of His grace!

(Romans 15:13) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him …”

Janice Ramsey