“…and the Lord shut him in.” Genesis 7:16 – “…and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.” Genesis 7:18 – “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing…” Genesis 8:1
The Lord had shut the door to the ark Himself to seal up Noah, his family, and the animals. This was done for their protection. They were in the appointed place at the appointed time. And, when the earth was flooded, the ark was afloat and being moved about on the surface of the water.
Since the ark was designed by the Lord, it was built perfectly. However, it was made to float not to navigate. The Bible never tells us there were instructions for a sale or rudder or oars. God was the only One in control of their destination.
Noah and his family would end up remaining in the ark for over a year. Imagine if you will, the setting. They were with the entire family every day. More than likely, the boat experienced swaying, which they had never experienced before causing nausea. Not only that, with all the animals present, the odor was probably overwhelming at times. Combining all of this could have very well produced frustration with each other, doubt, fear, and abandonment.
The Lord never told them how long they would be in the ark. He never told them where they were going, and they had no way to direct the boat in the tides. They simply had no choice but to wait on the Lord, He took all other options from them. But, God never forgot about them, He remembered them, and God began restraining the waters, and they subsided.
When Joshua took over leading the Israelites, he was to lead them across the Jordan. Moses gave Joshua words of encouragement and said, “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” In this life, we may feel abandoned and shut in. We may feel we are just floating about with no direction. Take heart Christian, God has a plan. Those waters will eventually subside.