Genesis 8: 14 – ‘By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry’.
In Sunday school, one of the more popular stories was the story of Noah and the ark. Apart from the very important lesson of how much it pays to obey God even when everyone around you thinks a screw must have gone loose in your brain, there are many more lessons to be gleaned from that story as with many other stories in the Bible.
Let’s go back to the details of the story. God was angry with the people. He decides to destroy them by sending rain. He finds a righteous man who builds an ark at His instruction. The animals and Noah’s family enter the ark and 7 days after, it starts raining. The rain lasts for 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7: 12).
By our calendar, 40 days is 1 month and 10 days. Noah was 600 years old when he entered the ark. By the time he was getting off the ark, he was 601 years old. Why? I thought the rain lasted only 40 days and 40 nights? The rain did last 40 days and 40 nights, but the repercussion, the consequence of the rain lasted for a much longer time. In this case a little over a year.
What exactly is the lesson to be learnt now? A lot of us go through stuff and we wonder why those things are happening to us. You’ve probably changed your ways and are now right with God, yet you are still experiencing the repercussions of your actions before you came to Christ. God is telling you today that it will pass. Noah sent out the dove 3 times before there was any good news. If God could restore the whole earth to its original state, He can surely restore your life and set you back on the destined path.
Don’t lose hope, count on His strength to enable you sit the flood out.