Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 9 of "10 days of Waiting" (count down to Pentecost Sunday) devotion

In Genesis Chapter 8, Noah, and all those on the boat had been on the water for forty days.  The scriptures writes "Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the [surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again."

In the Lord's good timing and also through the natural process of this life there are times we have no other option but to  wait for a change in the situations that we find ourselves in.  Yet waiting does not have to mean we do nothing.  Noah had a plan to test if conditions outside the situation he was in made it possible for him to move ahead to what was next for them all.  So he sent out a Dove (note the Biblical symbolism of the Holy Spirit) then after the Dove returned made a decision to wait some more for the Lord to change his situation.  There is no record of complaining or anger but again after 7 days another Dove was sent out… this time returning with a sign that the conditions were changing for them.  TODAY as we are symbolically “waiting” for  Pentecost Sunday, as the disciples were told to do so many years ago, let us draw encouragement from Noah that in our waiting the LORD is changing the conditions around us. He is preparing the ground for you to move to the next thing he HAS for you.   So wait… patiently and with expectation upon the LORD.  He is working on your behalf.  MORE TOMORROW...   

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