Genesis Chapter 8:
(1) And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
(2) The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
(3) And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
(4) And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
(5) And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
(6) And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
(7) And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
(8) Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
(9) But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
(10) And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
(11) And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
(12) And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
(13) And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
(14) And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
(15) And God spake unto Noah, saying,
(16) Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
(17) Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
(18) And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
(19) Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
(20) And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
(21) And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
(22) While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Thought For This Chapter…
What a wonderful experience for Noah and his family this must have been! Finally, after 40 days and 40 nights of facing the storm, Noah and His family see the first signs of their deliverance close at hand. We all have experienced a slight taste of this same feeling when God’s gracious deliverance appeared on the horizon during many of the storms of life that we have faced.
However, perhaps, we are going through a trial right now that has no end in sight. Even worse, maybe we are facing several trials at one time and we are beginning to feel that our situation has totally hopeless, with no end in sight for any of them. What are we to do?
Our Lord helps us to understand that He is in control and, by keeping our eyes on Christ (and not ourselves), He will keep us from drowning in our sorrows and becoming hopeless in our spirits…
(1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
(2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
And keep in mind, if we have trusted in Christ as our Savior, no matter what trials we may face, our “joy cometh in the morning”, when our Lord Jesus takes us home to be with Him!
(5) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.