To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Dec 18, 2018 by Brian Seewald


Genesis 8: 11-16  “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”

This time of year as I look around, not just in the community, or within the church, but within my own life, it is easy to become overwhelmed. The overwhelming feeling comes when I begin to think that I am my provider; that I must make things happen. Instead, the simple message of God and His Word to me and you are: wait on Him for He already has everything you need. 

As I was reading in Genesis this last week, I was reminded of God's perfect timing and provision that is waiting for those who wait on Him. In the eighth chapter of Genesis, we can read how the boat settled on land and yet they did not leave the boat until God had appointed them to do so. They walked in obedience. So, Noah sent out a dove a few times and eventually it returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak.  

I'm not sure about you, but if I opened a window to release a bird and I saw land, I would definitely be tempted to get off the boat; might even be hasty to get out, especially after such a long journey on water! However, Noah and his family waited. You see one of the greatest takeaways I found this week in this scripture was that God was not only settling the waters but he was bringing new life back to the Earth. You see when Noah and his family got off the boat God had already made provisions for them. Not only was there dry land, but God began to prepare the land with everything needed for them and all the animals they carried on the ark. 

If you feel like you have been on the same boat for a long time, be encouraged! God is preparing. He is going before you and will be with you. And when He says, “It’s time!”, you will know, be blessed, worship Him, and give Him all the glory. He is our complete provider!

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