Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
Wait on the Lord
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
I do not like waiting. I have gotten better over the years but patience has been a virtue in my life that I have had to work on. Whether it is waiting for an email reply, waiting for my food to be served at a restaurant, or waiting for the birth of my children while my wife was in labor, patience has been something that I have asked God to grant me over the years.
Thus, I take to my heart Scripture’s constant call for us to be patient. Job had to endure a long period of trouble before hearing from God. The Psalms regularly urge us to wait for the Lord’s deliverance (for example, 37:5–7). Paul lists patience as a fruit of the Spirit’s work in the Christian (Gal. 5:22–23) as well as a key component of love (1 Cor. 13:4).
In today’s passage, Noah and his family are in the midst of the flood that the Lord had sent. We read how great and destructive this flood was as it covered the mountains and destroyed every living thing on the earth. God sent rain upon the land for forty days and nights and the waters covered the earth for 150 days in total (v. 24). One lesson we can take away is Noah’s life encourages us to wait upon the Lord especially in seasons of suffering and despair. For Noah, there must have been moments when he might have doubted the Lord or even wondered if God would ever end the flood. But Noah waited patiently and was faithful to what the Lord had commanded him to do. We are also called to do the same.
Are you waiting patiently for the Lord? Maybe for you it has been a prayer you have been praying for many years. Or are you waiting for a person to change or a situation to turn out differently? God is calling you to wait upon him and to be faithful.
Prayer: Lord, help us to wait patiently upon You in all the areas of our lives. May we never think that Your timing should be the same as ours but help us to have patience and to be faithful. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 51
Lunch Break Study
Read 2 Peter 3:8-10: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Questions to Consider
- What do we learn about the timing of God? What does this mean for you?
- What is our hope according to Peter?
- What do you feel you are called to do in light of these verses?
- We need to be reminded that God’s timing is not our timing. He is sovereign over time and we need to be reminded of that truth daily.
- Our hope is that the Lord fulfills his promises. He is faithful to His Word and we are commanded to trust.
- The Lord is patient because He does not want anyone to perish. It means we are called to be witnesses for Him and to share the Good News to all who hear.
Gratitude is one of the best ways to overcome a discouraged and complaining heart. Spend some time this evening giving thanks to the Lord especially for the many blessings he has given you.