Friday, May 06, 2011

Noah's Patience (Part 2) - Genesis 7:24 Bible Commentary

The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:24)
For 150 days, the ark was on a seemingly endless venture. There was no land on which the ark could rest. Noah's household spent all of their time floating on top of a global ocean in a tiny (relatively speaking) chunk of gopher wood. Ultimately, all their hope must have been in God— for what else was there to hope in? They had no power over their situation. They could not dry up the waters. They had only two options: they could wait in despair, or they could wait upon the Lord.

The Prophet Isaiah states that those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). Throughout history, many believers have had to wait. Abraham, after God promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, had to wait for Isaac. Job, after being blessed so greatly by God, had to wait upon the Lord when all his material blessings were taken away. The disciples, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, had to wait for the Spirit to be sent. Waiting upon God is a part of every believer's walk— and Noah is no exception.

The flood had destroyed everything. And Noah, after the most terrifyingly climatic of moments, was left waiting. The sun had set on the pre-flood world, and Noah was left in the dark. There was, however, a new climax on the horizon. The dawn of a new day— of a new age. A new morning was quickly approaching— a morning which would be worth the wait. On that morning, Noah would leave the ark. On that morning, God, just as He had said 120 years before the flood, would make a covenant with fallen man (Genesis 6:18).

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