Sunday, January 27, 2013

Genesis 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Noah and his family were in the boat for a long time, but God remembered Noah and ended the flood. 
  • Noah obeyed God, and all along the way God protected and provided for Noah and his family.
  • As soon as Noah was safely on dry ground he took time to worship God and thank him. Then God promised to never again allow the earth to flood completely.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Even after the water had gone down and Noah could see dry ground, he waited for God to tell him to leave the boat. Surely Noah was tempted to go out on his own, but he waited for God’s command. We should never try to force our plan or our timing when God has already established his.
  • Noah is a great example of patiently trusting and obeying God even when it's difficult.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there something you want God to do for you, but right now you're having to wait? Are you struggling to trust God while you wait? Follow Noah's lead in staying in constant communication with God and trusting that he knows better than you do. Take some time right now to talk to God about that.