We often want to know more than we know. We need the why and how of what’s going on around us. But although we may not get exactly what we want when we want it, it’s hard to argue that God is a general God. He is very specific in who He is, His desire for a relationship with us, and in many cases, what He is doing to maintain or foster that relationship.
Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood…Understand that I am bringing a flood—floodwaters on the earth to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you” (Genesis 6:13-14, 17-19, emphases mine).
Specific instructions, reasons, promises, and expectations.
It’s not always what we receive from God, but I wonder if it’s because we expect God to behave and communicate to us in preconceived ways and timing. If we don’t receive something the way we expect it, we likely miss or dismiss it. I doubt Noah expected what God had to say to him. Yet he was willing to listen and respond.
We won’t all be expected to build an ark, trek up a mountain with one of our children, go to a king to save an entire ethnic group, or step out of a boat into a storm. We don’t have to wait for that out-of-the-blue-unbelievable moment. We simply need to be prepared and positioned to listen and respond. God may reveal something big or something we see as small. It’s all important to Him.
Open your eyes and heart today. Listen well. Respond well. What God has to say is important.