I will stand at my post, and station myself on the rampart. And I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
Habakkuk 2:1 LEB
We are back in Genesis 8 for the final time in this series, and my focus in on verses 15-18. It begins with: Then Yahweh said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Followed by, So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. This is the turning point – for Noah, his family and for the earth. The time for change had finally come.
There was a popular movie in 2005 called “Are We There Yet”, which featured the burden and misery of taking children on a road trip. The movie title is the recurring question of a child in a loud, annoying and irritating way, to the chagrin of the driver of the vehicle.
Yesterday we spoke of Noah and the inhabitants of the ark coming to rest after a turbulent few months on open waters. The next question on my mind would be, “okay now when do we get off this boat?” I cannot say for sure that Noah asked this question, but he actively took note of the changes that were happening while he waited. He was even proactive and wise, sending out birds to test the water’s height, he noticed when the mountains became visible and when there was a signal that the trees were no longer covered, he “removed the covering of the ark and looked” v.13). Noah displayed patience, waiting with expectation, as he watched “the waters subsided from the earth” until he saw the “the surface of the earth was drying” (verses 12 and 13 AMP), observations that suggested that his “come out” was very near. Yet he did not move to exit until he heard from Yahweh. There came a day when “the land was entirely dry” and that is when Yahweh spoke to Noah saying, “come out”.
It very important that we do not make decisions based solely on our observations and perceptions the conditions being right for our next move. Father Yahweh has kept us in the place of waiting, not only because He expects us to trust preserving power, but because He knows what is best for us and He has an appointed for His move. Noah waited for Yahweh’s instructions because he understood that just because the ground looked dry, it did not mean it was safe to stand on.
The purpose of prayer is not just to ask, but to wait and listen for our Father’s instruction. Many times it is not an audible voice, but the leading of His Holy Spirit. May these days of prayer and fasting mature us, build patience and endurance, and renew our confidence in the wisdom of our Father who will give us the green light to “come out” at His appointed time.
Read: Genesis 8. In verse 18, we see Noah and every single inhabitant of the ark came out in an orderly manner, ready for the fresh start and their instructions to multiply. At the appointed time, change will come and you will receive your instructions. Be patient, be obedient and fervent in prayer and worship.
Write: Have you received any instructions while you are waiting? Record them and keep them close by, recall His word and expect His answer.
Pray and watch, listen for the voice of Yahweh and make no decisions without His permission.