“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and He sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” Genesis 8:1
“The Lord then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.’” Genesis 7:1-4
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights…The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 7:11-12 & 24
Does it ever seem like there is a delay in your life regarding something you have been trusting in God for? God told Noah to build the ark and it wasn’t until Noah was 600 years old that the floodgates were opened, and after the waters increased for 40 days and nights the earth was still flooded for 150 days. But there is one reason that could give Noah confidence in God’s care for him despite the apparent delays, he knew God.
He faithfully followed God’s will and was assured God had led him up to that point. “The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.” Genesis 7:16 If God shut you into a situation you can know God will get you out. If you know God was leading you up to this point there is no reason to doubt and feel abandoned by Him now.
“But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.’ ‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;’” Isaiah 49:14-16 We can have confidence God will not leave or forsake us, and must not doubt God’s care for us just because of what may appear to be an delay to our finite minds.
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9 God’s love is deeper, broader, and more loyal than we could never imagine. So if you feel forgotten by God today you don’t need to. Put your full confidence in Him.
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