Flooded and Floated!

Gods Story For Your Life

Genesis 7:1-24

The flood covers the earth.

Flooded and Floated!
For forty days the
floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting
the boat high above
the earth. As the waters rose higher and higher above the
ground, the boat
floated safely on the surface. Finally, the water covered
even the highest
mountains on the earth, rising more than twenty-two feet
above the highest
peaks. All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic
animals, wild
animals, small animals that scurry along the ground, and all
people. . . . The only people who survived were Noah and those with him
in the
boat. / (Genesis 7:17-21, 23)

Was the
Flood a local event, or did it cover the entire earth? A universal
flood was
certainly possible. Enough water exists in the oceans to cover all
dry land.
And since God promised never again to destroy the earth with a
flood, this
flood must have either covered the entire earth or destroyed all
inhabitants of the earth. Remember, God’s reason for sending the Flood was
destroy all the earth’s wickedness. It would take a major flood to

And how did this animal kingdom roundup happen? Scholars estimate
that almost
45,000 animals could have fit into the boat. Pairs of every
animal joined Noah
in the boat; seven pairs were taken of those animals used
for sacrifice. Did
Noah and his sons spend years collecting all the

In reality, the creation, along with Noah, did just as God
Gathering the animals seemed to be no problem—God took care of
those details
while Noah did his part by building the boat. Noah didn’t need
to worry about
how the animals would get there; he just trusted

Often we do just the opposite of Noah. We
worry about the details over which
we have no control, while neglecting
specific areas that are under our control
such as attitudes, relationships,
or responsibilities. Like Noah, concentrate
on what God gives you to do, and
leave the rest to him. What details do you
need to entrust to God?

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