Consider the faith of Noah.
It must have been an immense faith; a trust so tremendous that it guided his heart to obey God entirely. Noah looked to God for guidance, before the flood, during the flood, and after the flood:
6 After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. Genesis 8:6-13
During the waiting period, when the waters filled the earth and the ark bobbed up and down in its fury, Noah had to trust God for the ultimate outcome. As conditions changed, Noah sought to know what his next instruction would be. Was it time to leave the safety of the ark? Was it time to move on? Was that time only just beginning to start? He enlisted the help of a dove. He considered the situation and evaluated the results. When the dove did not return, Noah opened the door of the ship containing all life that existed out of the sea. He saw that the ground was dry. Then, it happened—
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark…..
God spoke to Noah, telling him to come out of the shelter that had been their haven for so long. It was time. Noah did as God commanded, exactly when he was told to do so.
What about us? Does God provide us the shelter we need, giving us safety from the storms of life? We may bob up and down in the tumultuous waves, but He has us securely in His care. Does He ever ask us to trust Him with the future? To check to see if there’s some newly dried ground we need to walk on in faith? Noah didn’t leave the ark until God spoke the word. Surely, he was listening.
Consider the faith of Noah…..