Message: Sometimes we find ourselves trapped
in close quarters with the stench of poop because of other people’s sin. The
scenery doesn’t change and we go through a wild through the storm for a season.
When it’s over, there is another season of restoration and recovery that often
takes so much longer!!
Command: Season 1-Build a boat, gather
your family and the animals. Season 2- LEAVE the boat with your family and
RELEASE all of the animals.
Promise: “I will never again curse the ground
because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent
toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As
long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and het,
summer and winter, day and night.”
Warning: God will allow us to go through these
kinds of storms but we can’t get anxious to end the season before it’s time.
Imagine if Noah exited the boat and released the animals before everything
Application: Don’t despise the boat. It’s close
quarters, it’s smelly and it’s the same view for what seems forever, but it’s
also our shelter and protection from what God has unleashed. I had never paid
close attention to the fact that this chapter is about what God did to the LAND
and not what he did to the people. The curse was on the land, but when they
patiently endured he changed the landscaping and they eventually thrived. My
personal application for this is to embrace the season I’m in and not to ask
God to change it so quickly.