A Time of Waiting

GENESIS 8:6-16

  1. 6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark
  2. 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.
  3. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
  4. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
  5. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.
  6. 11 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.
  7. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
  8. 13 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
  9. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was completely dry.
  10. 15 Then God said to Noah,
  11. 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.

rush hour

Everyone in this century demands fast answers.  It can be seen even in our meals, we resort to FAST food, let alone time for family. Patience is a virtue that has been vastly forsaken.

Blessings in Waiting

In Genesis 8, God speaks of Noah and his family of 8 who spent 40 days in the ark. Being stuck together for 40 days, Noah must have got to know his family even the animals very well in terms of behaviour and patterns.


In such an atmosphere, Noah probably went through a good amount of friction and reconciliation, love would have grown deeply for his family, the animals, and God. I imagine the family would have had daily prayer, worshipped God and shared their joy and burdens.

He be the foundation

When God appointed time came, Noah sent a dove (signifies the Holy Spirit), came back with an olive leaf, which represents anointing.


It is only during the time of waiting and held down by the Lord, preparation, and intimacy with God can be established. All these have to take place before Noah’s family launch out to a brand new season and undertaking. The very same applies to all of us.

Know Him

We desperately need to spend time with God and hear from Him. Only then we know His voice by heart and is able to discern His instructions and will. Can we do anything right at all without His help?

Swan with cygnets

Jesus’ disciples had to wait and prepare themselves in the upper room. Waiting upon God helps them to focus on the cross and have a deeper love for Him. A deeper love for God compels us to love people. Then the anointing came, their heart and mind were ready to minister and launch out to touch lives.

Devotion prepared by


Sybil Sinniah had a life-changing encounter with Jesus through the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1979 and now lives for Jesus.
She is actively involved in the healing ministry, visiting those in need especially in hospitals, once a week. She’s also one of the power pillars in the Tuesday Noon Watchmen Prayer Ministry, Kajang Assembly of God.

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