Today's Devotional Thought
June 08, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Impatient for Results
When you are working on a project, are you a patient person? Or, do you like to see results instantly? And, if your project takes a while to complete, do you get bored with it, frustrated with it, or stop working on it?
Today’s verses come from the story of Noah and the flood. And, what I want to focus on today is how long this “project” took. If you read through the familiar story of Noah and the flood, you will notice that there are time points mentioned throughout the story. It is estimated that it probably took about 100 years to build the ark, that rain fell for 40 days, and that the Earth remained flooded for 150 days. Then, it took several months for the water to recede, the Earth to dry, and then God finally gives Noah the instructions to come out of the ark after about 380 days inside of it.
So, after 100 years of building it, 7 days of waiting for the rain to start, 40 days of rain, 150 days of total flooding, and several more weeks of waiting for the flood waters to recede, Noah finally gets to see how his obedience to God has paid off and his family leaves the ark to be fruitful and increase in number; to multiply on the earth and increase upon it (Genesis 9:7).
As I think of Noah’s obedience and patience, I pay particular attention to the detailed timeline given in the story. Read through Noah’s story in Genesis today. And, pay attention to how long Noah was obedient and faithful to God. In the construction of the ark, Noah diligently worked to prepare things just as God has instructed. He entered the ark and waited for the rain to fall just as God instructed. He then waited as the Earth remained flooded for 150 days and then waited many more days for the flood waters to complete receded. And, he waited for a raven and then a dove to indicate that the waters had completely receded and it was safe to emerge from the ark. But, he did not emerge from the ark until the Lord said to him, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.” (Genesis 8:16).
Many of us have a hard time waiting to see a project come to an end because we want quick results. But, remember today, that many of God’s plans and projects take many years to unfold. So, stay obedient and be faithful to the plan that God has for you and do not get discouraged if it seems to be taking longer than you would like. God’s plans take time. Don’t give up on them before you see the rainbow!