Staying Afloat

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“The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.”Genesis 7:18-20

This is the story of Noah and the ark. Do you see the progression of the waters here? First they spread over the earth, they began rising over the hills and then eventually over the highest peaks. Not just in one region but over all of the earth (see Genesis 7:10). Every living thing not in the ark with Noah died. And it continued to rain for 150 days.

Our lives sometimes seem like these waters. We all go through problems in life and many times they seem to get progressively worse, like the flood waters keep rising. Not only that, it seems like the rain never stops and continues past 150 days. And though we cry out to the Lord Jesus, He does not always take us out of our situation, does He? But, He always sees us through.

Here, Noah was not spared from the flood, he was spared from the results of the flood. He was in the storm with all the people and every living thing on earth, but he was not destroyed by it. Why? Because his heart was right with God. He and his family did not live like the rest of the world. Was he perfect? No! But his heart was genuine before God and Noah truly worshiped God with a pure heart.

We experience many “floods” in our life when the waters seem to increase exceedingly and the rain never stops. If we are in Christ, He is our Ark. He does not always take us out of the situation but He always gets us through. It does not always feel good at the time and we wonder when the rains will end. However, we have to remember that there is almost always someone else going through something worse than we are and many going through those things without a boat. If you are going through a season of constant rain right now, make sure you you stay close to Jesus. He is the only One who will keep you afloat!

“God works out His purposes in the trials of life, if we yield to Him, trust Him, and obey what He tells us to do. Difficulties can increase our faith and strengthen our prayer lives. Difficulties can draw us closer to other Christians as they share the burdens with us. Difficulties can be used to glorify God. So, when you find yourself in the trials of life, remember what God is to you and what God does for you.”Wiersbe

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