Genesis 7:11-16


Spend time in prayer + silence with God asking him to meet you + speak to you.

Bible Reading

In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.

And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature.

They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.

(Genesis 7:11-16, ESV)


Noah was quite good at prepping! His whole family had joined him in preparing to save humanity as well as all the species of animals. When they finally got on the boat, God was the one who shut them in. At that point everything was out of His hands.

When Noah and his family boarded the ark, they knew that they were about to experience the greatest storm in history. They were going to ride it out in a boat that they had built.

But God is the Lord of the storm. He was bringing it for a reason.

The great flood would accomplish what God wanted it to accomplish, and He had shut the door on Noah and his family to keep them safe.

One of the greatest difficulties people face is the desire to be in control in a bad situation. We get angry, we argue with God, we fight circumstances that we can’t change.

Those tough situations are out of our hands anyway.

We can trust God.

Even if we aren’t in control, He is.

The Big Question

How has God taken care of you when you were in the middle of a storm?

How can you keep your rest in him when you go through one again?

Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.