Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you – the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground – so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.Genesis 8:15-17 NIV
This command that God gave Noah was the same one He gave at the beginning (Ge 1:22; 28). He also promises in Genesis 8:21 to never curse the ground because of humans and that He will never again destroy all living creatures.
Never again will I curse the ground because of humans even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. Never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.Genesis 8:21 NIV
As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.Genesis 8:22 NIV
This is God’s promise to us, so we know that the moment the earth stops enduring, everything else will cease – because He doesn’t say the earth will endure forever, He says as long as the earth endures, eventually, the earth will not be able to go through everything we humans have and will put her through as we are seeing today. This we can rest assure because it is spoken of in Revelations 21:1,
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.Revelations 21:1 NLY
It is further more spoken in other scriptures:
Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.Isaiah 65:17 NLT
But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to this!2 Peter 3:13 CEV
So it is not a matter of ‘if’ but a matter of ‘when.’
Noah’s time in the ark.
- It rained on the earth for 150 days. (Ge 7:24)
- It took another 150 days for the water to go down. (Ge 8:3)
- The ark rested on top of the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. (Ge 8:4)
- It wasn’t until the tenth month that the top of the mountains were visible. (Ge 8:5)
- Noah sent out the raven 40 days after the mountains were visible. (Ge 8:6)
- It took 12 months from the start of the flood to the moment the earth dried up. (Ge 8:13)
- The earth was completely dried on the 13th month. (Ge 8:14)
Things take time.
God rescues us from our bondage, just as He rescued Noah’s family, but they weren’t fully set free until a whole year a few months later.
In the same aspect, when we give our lives to Jesus, we are set free, no longer slaves to the world, but there’s still a lot God needs to work within us and it’s not going to happen overnight.
We will not gain new power to overcome sin the moment we declare Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
We will not suddenly become financially stable the moment we declare Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Remaining in Him, waiting for Him to tell us to move as Noah does (Ge 8:15-16) and following His instructions will bring us to a new land, and our obedience to Him will help us prosper there. When I say ‘prosper’ I don’t mean you’ll be rich or that you will be without problems; what I mean is, you will be provided for, having anything you want according to God’s will- because not everything we desire goes according to God’s will.
You’re whole life can change with one decision though, and that decision is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you want to make that decision today, you can read the prayer I’ll place below ALOUD (because spoken words have power). You can also connect with me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I come to you today seeking your forgiveness. I have sinned against you and I repent of my sins. I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. I accept the gift that came with that death, the gift of eternal life. I thank you Jesus for what you did for me while I was still your enemy and I ask that you help me in this new journey of complete surrender to you Jesus. I proclaim you and accept you as my Lord and Savior, from today on, I dedicate my life to you.
In Jesus name, Amen.