Seven Days of Waiting

“And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood…And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.”
– Genesis 7:7, 10

I grew up reading many of the stories in the Bible, so I constantly have to pray against familiarity. Having this awareness causes me to open my eyes to see new things in old stories.

Noah lived a life of faith. He built an ark having never seen one before nor having been in a flood. Then he guided his whole family into the ark and… waited. They waited for seven days for the heavens to open up and for water to pour over the earth.

I wonder if they felt ridiculous. Or perhaps ashamed. Maybe they wondered if everything they believed wasn’t going to happen. Maybe God wouldn’t be faithful to his word.

Seven days later, God showed up.

Their faith was strengthened and made genuine and God looked ridiculously powerful.

As we all experience our own particular “waiting” may we wait with strong, robust, unshakeable faith in a God who is ruthlessly committed to keeping His word.


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