Daily Devotional: April 3

A look at the Character of Noah

God asked Noah to build a large boat. He built it & gathered all the animals in pairs along with his family onto the boat like God asked. It rained & a flood covered the earth wiping out everything because it was corrupt.

Genesis 6:9
This is the account of Noah & his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.”
Genesis 7:5‭‭
“So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.”

Noah was righteous and walked close to God. God was His foundation. When God asked Noah to do something that didn’t make sense and took a lot of faith, he did it. He built the ark. I’m sure he knew the season he was entering would be rough and we see that his family had to go through it with him too.

Once they were all on the ark & it rained flooding the Earth:

Genesis 8:6-12
"After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat. He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground. After waiting another seven days, Noah released the dove again. He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back.”

Noah used wisdom and was patient while he waited on God to allow them out of the ark. Unlike Noah, I find so often I try to take things into my own hands when I get tired of waiting. I am so quick to use my own wisdom. James 3:17 says that wisdom from above is willing to yield (or submit or surrender). That’s what I see in Noah. A father and leader surrendered to God ans His will.

When Noah knew he & his family could move forward:

Genesis 8:18,20a
“So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed burnt offerings...”

Immediately when the flood was over & they were "free," Noah worshiped God. He made it a point to put God first, to give thanks. Such an example for us to follow! Just as God brought Noah & His family through the season they were in, He will do the same for us. He is our anchor. He is our hope. He is in control!

QUESTIONS
1. What’s a righteous or good person to you? The Bible says in Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” If we put our faith in Jesus, we are also righteous!
2. What are some ways you can make God your foundation or center this week?
3. What are you waiting for God to do?
4. How can you use wisdom while you wait in your current situation? With time? Finances? Relationships?
5. As we take small steps moving forward in our day to day lives, what are some ways you can glorify God or give thanks?

QUESTIONS AS A FAMILY
1. What is your favorite animal & why?
2. What animal are you most like and why?
3. What do you think was hard for Noah?
4. Is it easy or hard for you to trust God? Why?

Prayer
Pray together & ask God for His strength to apply what God is encouraging you do to. Thank Him for all He is doing. I encourage you to write these things down so you can look back to see how God moved.

Have fun
Animal Charades Mixed Up! Write down a different type of animal on 20 small pieces of paper. Fold them up & put them into a bowl. 1 person must keep score. Each round is 1 minute. 1 person must then pull a piece of paper from the bowl & act out what animal it is. If someone in the group guesses correctly, they (the person who guessed) get 2 points. The person acting the animal out, will get 1 point. Every time someone guesses an animal correct, the person acting can then pull the next piece of paper from the bowl & act that one out & so on until a minute is up. When the minute is up, the round is over & the pieces of paper are folded up again & placed back into the bowl for the next person to act out the animals. Whoever has the most points at the end, wins. Enjoy!

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