Thursday, October 17
Today's reading: Genesis 7:1-24
After learning of God's decision to "bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven" (Genesis 6:17) and seeing instructions for the building of the ark, in Genesis 7 we are provided with specifics concerning Noah's animal tasks and then given details concerning the actual flood itself. It's a sobering passage, with verses 21-24 being particularly difficult to take in.
I tried to imagine myself in Noah's shoes (or even those of one of his family members'). Emotions had to be running high. Nothing like this had ever been seen or experienced before. I can only begin to fathom how horrific it had to have been to know about for many months, and then to actually witness, the death of not only those close to you (relatives, neighbors, coworkers, etc.) but also cities and countries full of men, women and children. By the time I reached the middle of this passage, one word—TRUST—was in my mind. And as I continued through the end of the chapter, the importance and impact of trusting God above all else filled every inch of my thinking. I am convinced that without fully trusting God, Noah and his family could not have endured and survived through this situation.
When do you find it most difficult to surrender a circumstance to God and trust that He has it under control? Is there a situation that you need to turn over to God today? What does (or would) fully trusting God look like in your life right now? Tami
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