By: Steve Negley

Posted: July 22, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Genesis 7:1-18

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the ear1th for forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth. And Noah with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals and of animals that are not clean and of birds and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark, 14 they and every wild animal of every kind and all domestic animals of every kind and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth and every bird of every kind.[a] 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him, and the Lord shut him in.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth, and the waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters.

Not all journeys happen on land, as we sometimes take to the water. Noah was one such mariner. And not all trips really depend on the destination. Sometimes the journey itself is what is intended. And like with Noah, sometimes the purpose of the journey is just treading water, staying above the stink, and surviving. Noah was righteous, while the world around him wasn’t.

And God told him what to do, and who and what to include, to try and separate from the things which contaminate the soul. God has lots of journeys planned for us, each in their own time.


God, as I am often so concerned about where my life is going, I sometimes ignore the quality of life itself. Let me follow You in such a manner that things will be right in my relationship with You and others around me. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.