January 3 – Scripture of the Day

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The verses that I found most interesting today were Genesis 8:13-16:

13 Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. 14 Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry! 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives.

So in all, from the beginning of the flood until Noah and his family got off the ark, was more than a year. Imagine being crammed on a wooden boat with your close family, plus a bunch of animals.

For. A. Year.

I think this scripture serves to remind us that often things in our lives take longer than we might prefer.

I’m about as impatient as they come. And the rapidly advancing technology, instant gratification, and social media culture we live in make it worse.

I mean, it seems like FOREVER when a webpage takes 5 second to load! 5 SECONDS! Not 5 minutes. 5 seconds.

Or how about not getting a timely response to a text message? How rude!

So these verses are a good reminder to me that I need to be patient; that the important things in our lives come to us in God’s time, not our time.

I need to slow down, focus on what’s important, and not worry about the rest.

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Today’s reading was: Genesis 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-10:5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-32; 1 Chronicles 1:17-23

Tomorrow’s reading is: Genesis 11:1-26; 1 Chronicles 1:24-27; Genesis 12:1-20; genesis 13:1-18; Genesis 14:1-24

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