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Preparing for the Storms [or Opportunities] in Life | Noah and the Flood


News Flash: Many coaches have favorites. A coach’s favorite is usually someone who does what they are supposed to do, the way they are supposed to do it, and when they are supposed to do it.


There is nothing better than coaching a group of people who want to work hard, who want to be coached, who want to do things the right way, and who want to play together.


You could substitute teacher or leader for coach and get the same results or meaning.


These kinds of teammates and these kinds of teams are what coaches live for, but it is not often what we get.


Adversity, storms, and setbacks attack teams every season, and the teams and teammates who have the foundation set to fight against them are the teams who keep going and eventually find victory.


These teams have a good coach with an inspiring vision and effective communication skills, strong leaders and captains who can help their teammates see and buy into the vision, and great teammates who are willing to listen, learn, and be led.


The story of Noah and the flood has examples of all those things, and shows that when we do things the right way, when we listen to have faith in our coach (God) and when we are willing to put in the work, we can save ourselves and those around us from even the most dangerous storms in life.


After Adam and Eve, the population on earth multiplied, and when God saw how mean, evil, and wicked the human race had become, He regretted making human beings altogether. In Genesis 6, God said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds, and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 


But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.


The Bible says Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.”


God then told Noah to build an ark that would save him and his family, he told Noah exactly how to build the ark and exactly what to bring on the ark.


Noah did what God told him to do, and when he was finished building the ark, the rains came. It rained for 40 straight days, and the water stayed on the earth for 150 days.


In Genesis 8:1 it says,“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”


Noah, his family, and all the animals came out of the ark, and in Genesis 9:1, God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”


And that is what they did.


Of course, life hasn't been perfect after the flood, and people continue to make mistakes to this day. But Noah served as a great example of what happens when we do the right thing. God saw that Noah had a good heart and wanted to do things the right way, so He prepared Noah for the storms that were coming. Instead of waiting for the storms to hit, Noah immediately started preparing by doing what God told him to do.


When we do the right thing, God takes care of us, but we still have to work hard and live with courage. It must have taken Noah a lot of courage to build an ark, and it definitely took a lot of work.


Doing things the right way won’t always be easy, especially when the people around you aren’t, but doing things the right way for the right reasons is the key to living the best life you can live. Doing things the right way is how you prepare yourself for the storms in life, and how you overcome them. Wisdom is doing something today that your future self will thank you for.


Do things today that will prepare you for the storms coming tomorrow.


Spending time with God by reading the Bible, meditating on His words, and praying will help us hear and see what He wants us to do. God gives us strength, and He keeps us safe.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is something big coming up soon - a big project, a big game, or a big move?

2 - What can you do today to prepare you for that moment?

3 - What have you already done that you can keep doing, or what can restart to prepare you for that moment?

4 - What is something that might get in the way of you being successful?

5 - What can you do to overcome that barrier so it doesn’t stop you?


For a Google docs version of this devo, click here: Preparing for the Storms [or Opportunities] in Life


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