Women In The Word - OT: Day 3

Noah’s Wife

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Today's Text: Genesis 6:9-7:12, Genesis 8:13-22, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Psalm 37:1-9

I am fascinated by the world before the flood. There’s even an amazing word for it: antediluvian. It summons up images of ancient creatures with leathery skin and alien landscapes. The antediluvian world actually was different from our world, and I love to think about what was actually going down before the rains came down.

If the flood is like a tiny funnel in history, then just eight wide-eyed, soaking-wet people link us to that pre-flood world. All the information we have about the flood and what came before it comes from these lonely eight folks.

This is why Noah’s wife is so interesting. She is the new Eve. She is the new mother of the world. God taught a whole new Eve how to “be still and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7), and she became God’s fresh start for womanhood.

Still, patience cannot have been easy for Noah’s wife. After all, no one had ever seen rain before the flood. The water on earth was in the oceans and the firmament, creating a canopy of water around the earth. When the flood began, the water poured down out of the sky and shot up from the ground—a sight I’ll bet was both amazing, and terrifying.

But before all the terror and excitement of the flood, there was a long, hard wait. It took 120 years to complete the ark and fill it with supplies. Noah’s project probably looked insane to the neighbors because Genesis tells us that he was the ONLY ONE who walked with God (Genesis 7:1). There must have been little external assurance that his work was on the right track.

It makes you wonder what kind of crazy debauchery the rest of the world was caught up in, but suffice it to say, they had really different priorities. So when God asked Noah to have faith in Him and prepare for a natural disaster no one could even imagine, Noah crossed over from different to downright loony.

Noah’s sweet wife must have wanted to scream when she heard her husband was building a “boat” because the “rain” was coming to “flood” the earth. I mean, honestly, it must have all sounded imaginary to her!

But God called her to wait patiently, even as the waters rose and the earth gave way (Psalm 46:2). He called her to believe the storm would clear and that His covenant was true (Genesis 6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them.

It is easy to forget that God is in total control. Walking in faith might seem like a foolish gamble, but it is the walk He has called us to. His word may seem wilder than the antediluvian world, but His word is always true, always sure and reliable.

We serve a God who fulfills his promises, and it is His delight to reveal Himself amidst a swirl of troubles. He calls us to be still and wait patiently, and in His goodness, even gifts us with the faith to do so (Ephesians 2:8). Even before the floodwaters swell over our head, He has already prepared a safe passage.

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
Psalm 46:1-3

 

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  • Becky Thompson

    “Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”Psalms 37:3
    BEFRIEND FAITHFULNESS
    commentary: feed on faithfulness
    My insight: What if we viewed faithfulness as being as essential to life as food?

  • Norma Brown

    Nice view on “Noah’s Wife” didn’t look at it that way. Referring to “the new eve”

  • Brittany Salt

    Last year my husband left me and I didn’t understand the storm I was in but I prayed non stop, and let God guide my every move, even when the world and people I loved most dearly were telling me to react a certain way, I did only what God put on my heart. God brought him back and restored our marriage! Be still. Be patient in affliction, and wait for Him to give you the moves.

    • Allison

      How wonderful Brittany!! Praying for you guys, that many will be touched by your story ❤️

    • Nicole

      So moved by this. I’m in a time of mystery and feeling very lost, even frustrated in something that God has called me to do. This encourages me to press in to the mystery, as difficult as that is.

    • Kristen

      Thank you for you post. My husband and I are divorced but I still wait for him to come home. Maybe I am crazy but I still have this hope inside that one day our marriage will be put back together.

  • Christine Barros

    My computer did not start up in my study hall and I was left thinking that I couldn’t do anything I needed to for school. Until I realized, I had been putting off reading my bible because of school and work. This was God’s way of having me refocus today. I am thankful for this “dilemma” that led me to read His word. Plays into the whole control thing huh? I was trying to control the situations around me and putting everything else first. But just as always, God had other and better plans haha.

  • Jennifer Guthrie

    I had not considered Noah’s wife as the “new Eve.” Wonderful point! This lead me to the Answers in Genesis’ Ark Encounter’s highlight of Noah’s wife, whom is not named in the Bible. Thought you would enjoy this: https://arkencounter.com/blog/2014/08/14/depicting-the-arks-passengers-noahs-wife/

  • For someone who doesn’t like to give up control, today’s passage has really challenged me. Even when I don’t understand Gods plan I just need to be faithful and obey him.

  • Read the verses 1-8 as well. (KJV) There were Giants and fallen angels having sex with women and creating the Giants. They were evil and corrupt and ruining Gods creation which is why he sent the flood. The Giants were called nephilim. But hams wife’s blood wasn’t pure like the rest of the people on the ark, so through her Giants still existed and that’s how you had Goliath etc still alive years and years later

  • Such truth in these words. Sometimes God leads us on crazy journeys that we doubt and question and must wait to see the destination. May we always trust that if we follow the path of the Lord we will always end up closer to Him and right where he is calling us to be!!!

  • Tori Lenton

    This devotional has been amazing. I came across ‘She Reads Truth” on Instagram a few days ago. Every since, I have been digging deeper into my bible a little more. It has been truly a great start for me learning the women of the bible as I had planned to do months ago. This segment has reminded me how to be still and wait patiently on God. Sometimes we tend to get upset when we can’t trace what he is doing, yet we know that in trusting him that he will not fail us. What I am also reminded of is that Jeremiah 29:11 shows up in every word. Well we know his word is true, but this lets us know that no matter what, “he knows the plans for our future”. YESSSSS, just like Noah’s wife, her son’s, and her son’s wife. God wanted Noah’s wife to continue to embrace him through prayer, meditation, and his word. He knew the plans he had for her family. And of course for it to take 120 years to build the ark , then that shows us alone that their relationship with God was impeccable. Can you imagine what type of faith these people had? Some crazy faith. Not once did Noah wife’s doubt God. She continued to support Noah, keep the family grounded through those times. I am sure she was his bookkeeper, secretary, intercessor amongst many things. This woman characterized a new version of EVE. She was bold, strong, courageous, beautiful (aged well I am sure).Her faith was AMAZING. Last thing that this lesson reminds us of how God will get us through ANYTHING if we keep the faith and believe. His word does not lie. He is the author of promises. Noah’s wife who I have named ‘Patience” was definetly a fervent woman!

  • Thianny Gonzalez

    I think that it is truly inspiring the way that God asks us to patiently wait for him and to trust him in everything he does. I know that sometimes I can feel like God is taking so long to answer or that his ways are unclear, but having faith that he will always be there is something that is reassuring and comforting. He will never leave us and he will always guide us through the toughest storms.

  • Andrea Z.

    Fully trusting in the Lord can sometimes be a hard thing, especially when you don’t see anything happening with your natural eyes. But God’s covenant is something no man and nothing else can break. What a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness. Even when every other single person on earth was not serving God, this family was steadfast and believed. They were obedient. They were patient. And God was forever touched by their sacrifice that we are still reaping the benefits from that covenant. Praise God!

  • I have never considered Nosh’s wife specifically in all this . Thank you for bringing her to our attention. In this world it is challenging to be still and trust God in the midst of our challenges without confirming to what the world sees as wisdom.

    But we must continue to follow God’s truth because what the world thinks is foolish, God uses to deliver us. “Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.””
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭MSG‬‬

  • Adriana

    I am so encouraged by this, especially where it says before the flood there was preparation that was unfamiliar to the neighbours, they thought Noah was crazy! Buti realised the importance and favour that comes from waiting on God, being consistent with the things of God even when it is ‘unpopular’

    • Rebecca

      I agree! It’s such an encouraging passage. It’s always nice to know that other people have felt isolation from their peers because the path God has told them to walk is contrary to what the world is doing.

  • navigating through highschool has been a struggle to say the least. I’m so thankful that our Lord has been there for me through all the crazy and stressful decisions about my future

  • Nana Afiba

    Congrats Nora… God will perfect what He has started.
    Nikravesous… Hold your head up. His Grace is sufficient for you and His strength is made perfect in your weakness

  • Today’s reading was a huge encouragement to me. I guess I feel like I’m in a storm myself.. My husband and I are 8 weeks pregnant with our first child, and well.. the journey thus far has felt something akin to being thrown out in a torrent yet not knowing how to swim. but my Jesus has provided a safe haven for us in this Newness, though at times its hard to fathom how. .. the timing of our pregnancy seems loony and unfathomable to me, but I know its right in line with His perfect plan. I guess I’m learning, too, how to be still and wait patiently upon the Lord.

    • Stephania

      Congratulations on your first child ! Despite the turmoil,anxiety, and worry of new beginning the best is yet to come! There’s hundreds of blessings in beginnings and jesus is going to honor your faith.

    • Nikravesous

      Congratulations on your first child, Nora! I am in the other side of this coin, so to speak; my husband and I just lost our first pregnancy to miscarriage at 10 weeks. We were so excited for this baby and the grieving process and the mind torment of having your whole world flipped upside down twice in such a short span of time has been exhausting. But I trust that the Lord knows best and His timing is best. This wasn’t the right time for us to have a baby but it is be right time for you, and the Lord will provide for us both in unimaginable ways. Blessings to you and your family!

  • Jenny Stomboly

    Is anyone else kind of stuck by the author of this devotion saying no one had seen rain before the flood? Does it say somewhere that this was the first rainfall? I just don’t get her thoughts on pre-flood times. Sure it was a different world, but it was awful. Otherwise, God would not have sent the flood. I feel this devotional series may be more about an author’s emotions or personal thoughts than truth and growth in the Spirit. I hoped this would have been more like a bible study in learning of the women in the Bible, their history, their background, and their personalities, depending on how indepth the Word speaks of them. I understand it’s not meant to be a bible study, just makes more sense if it was given the subject.

  • Psalm 37:1-9 hit me right in between the eyes. Its so easy to have anger and hate towards people who have hurt you but still appear to be doing well. Its not up to us to bring justice to anyone. The Lord is our great defender and I don’t have to waste my time worrying about others.

    • Erica

      Exactly what I was thinking when I read that part. #TRUTH

    • Erica

      to even let people trouble your mind is a distraction from what God wants you to be thinking about.

  • What I love is that despite we do not know Noah’s wife, she still made it into his story. She still had a name and not only was God with Noah but God was with her also. I love that. What a great insight into something that is commonly overlooked.

    • Sveta Riley

      I know! It’s so easy to forget that the people in these stories were real! And the stories are real! We just go along thinking “oh, yeah, of course she went along with what Noah said and said nothing and thought nothing about it.” But that’s not the case because she was a real woman with real feelings and real thoughts with a real purpose in God’s plan.

  • Don’t think I’ve ever thought about Noah’s wife until now. I think I am most struck by the fact that his family were the only ones following God at the time. But if God planned Jesus all along, why wipe the earth? A savior was coming… Did the people before Noah have a chance at heaven?

    • Melanie

      Ahh. The mysterious thing about God. He knew even when He created Adam and Eve that they were sin against him, so why even start this? His plan for a savior existed long ago, we can see evidence of that in John 1 when it first hints that Jesus has been with God since the beginning of time.
      I can’t actually Answer your question but have wondered similar things. I think the more you know the less you understand which is why it is faith seeking understanding not understanding then faith.

    • Elizabeth

      Hey Jordan! I don’t know everything about the time before Jesus but I do know that the people in the Ot had a chance at Heaven if they followed the Laws put forth by God. And walked with God in fellowship. I hope that helps clear clear up any confusion on the matter. I think the hardest thing about the OT and the Gospel in general is the fact that not everyone believes or even desires to know God. Which means they are not in Heaven.

  • Elizabeth

    Noah’s wife is exactly what we need to be like!!!

  • Noah’s wife is so “underrated” she’s basically Eve II! Eve gets all the credit for being the first woman but Noah’s wife was the first faithful ‘Eve’, she stood by her husband and trusted her God! I think she is a woman worthy of honor!

  • Maamawaabangi

    Wow Candace! I had never thought of that. What a wonderful comparison. Thank you for sharing!

  • Candace Mahoney

    Has anyone ever had the realization that the Flood was like a baptism of the world?? It washed away the sin and evil and all that was left were those who were righteous and blameless!

  • Thank you Mary– I so appreciate that! Encouraged by the body of Christ, it is a beautiful thing!

  • So thankful for this post today as I was recently diagnosed with some genetic fertility issues after three miscarriages. Not only does God command us to be fruitful and multiply but to also TRUST Him and wait patiently on Him. We know He is able to miraculously heal but the waiting is HARD (when 9 of your closest friends/family are pregnant). Working on delighting myself in the Lord and know He will be faithful no matter what.

    • Mary

      I’m so sorry to read what you’ve been through – I’ve experienced miscarriage myself and felt so strongly God has used this reading for this heartache. I found a particular part of the devotion just spoke so clearly to me and maybe it did for you too:

      “God called her to wait patiently, even as the waters rose and the earth gave way (Psalm 46:2). He called her to believe the storm would clear and that His covenant was true (Genesis 6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength.”

      Sometimes when our hearts are so deeply broken from loss and frustration and confusion, it feels like the floor is giving way beneath us and we’re drowning in heartache – but God promises these storms will clear. We cannot and do not always understand why we go through such incredible hardship, but all we can do with our last bits of strength is to wait on the Lord and trust him to be our refuge and strength.

      Praying for you today Rachel, hope you are having a beautiful day xx

    • Ashley

      So sorry for what your going through Rachel. I have so many friends who are going through the same or have gone through the same. As much as wanting to have biological children there is always the choice of adoption. So many children out there looking for parents, a family, love, protection and the opportunity to know Christ and have a relationship with him.
      http://www.katiespinks.com – a friends blog who is currently writing their family story. Maybe she can help you in some way.
      Thoughts and prayers for you and your husband.

  • jackie clark

    What a beautiful and thought-provoking picture of a wife who trusted in her husband and the Word he received from the Lord. I was convicted in reading this because it is hard to trust your spouse sometimes and to let go of any control in submitting to their call received from the Lord and being patient and having faith. What a testament and example! Refreshed this morning!

  • Elizabeth

    Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them.

    This part reminded me of my parents. They are going through a storm they don’t understand. My brother is battling with addiction – something totally foreign to our family. It has truly shaken my parents and I’m not very sure how to respond except quiet prayer. Very few people know as my parents want to protect my brother. We find ourselves somehow isolated with other God to rely on, even when it keeps happening. I pray that they will continue to find strength in The Lord as they wait patiently on him and he will bless them.

  • Marissa Morgan

    What a great word on patience and waiting! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. Great is Your faithfulness!!

  • Kersti O

    I needed this.
    I so desperately want to get out of what I’m in work-wise, that I’m loosing my thankfulness for it, and my hope. I want to obey, but maybe obey a different calling right now, which I’m sure we can all relate to.

    Yet, God is my refuge. He is my support, and my very present help in times of need.

    Please pray for my heart to change. Thanks ladies

    • Shevon Q.

      Most definitely praying Kersti. He already has a plan for your career…a beautiful intentional position!

  • This spoke so much to my situation right now. I am struggling wth trusting in God and waiting on His perfect timing. Commit yourself to lord, trust in him and he will act…he is in control!

  • my fiance and I are feeling a tension between the world/our fleshly desires and the desires and callings God places on our hearts and minds.
    Psalm 37:1-9 spoke right into my soul this morning. Last night we had a conversation about my hens party and feeling the pressure to do what the world expects of me when really I will be celebrating preparing to marry a Godly man.
    Trusting our God in amidst a storm that we dont understand is hard but the rewards far outweigh the immediate satisfaction sin decievingly offers.

    • Bethany D.

      I Absolutely affirm your last statement. I’m not sure if you two are physically struggling or all of the circumstances, but just know waiting and delighting in the Lord is a beautiful thing. My husband was not pure before our marriage, and I was a never been kissed virgin (although I knew much more than I should have). It was/is a bumpy road for us at times a year and half in to forever of our marriage, but we know God reigns. Stay pure, fight the good fight. Surround yourself with godly people, and delight in the Lord. Share your struggles with a close godly woman. Stay strong in the Lord. He supplies us with our every need, even in marriage. Prayed for you tonight!

    • Doris

      Your marriage will be a blessing from God if you walk in obedience. I have a saying, It taint a blessing if you taint the blessing. you are so close, don’t mess it up coming into the home stretch, start your marriage off with obedience, contrary to popular belief. You are not married yet so obey the Lord accordingly. blessings!

  • DanaOBriant

    I am in a storm that I do not understand…. Literally, I feel and sense uneasiness and anxiety and have no idea of what it is about. Trying to Be Still, Patient, and listen for the Lord because I know He is not the storm but He will get me through it.

    • Elly

      Hi Dana, my housemate and her sister are both going through a similar storm, one suffers from anxiety and panic attacks whilst the other struggles with depression and an eating disorder. Even though they get frustrated and it overwhelms them at times I can see the joy and respite they get from worshipping God! Can I suggest a book called God on mute? It’s been really helpful to both of them! Will pray for you!

  • hikinghails

    This sings to my soul. I love that Noah's wife was patient and lead the new womanhood. This reading discusses how we should be still and patient. Finding that point where we can do God's duties and be still is difficult. I'm glad Noah's wife was able to do so. She is a wonderful role model for this topic. Praying that I can have as much obedience and patience as Noah's wife.

  • Kailey Rahme

    This was perfect timing in my life. My husband and I are relocating, moving out of my home town and headed back to the town we went to college in. A lot of people aren’t happy about us moving. We were very involved in the community and we had a ministry for high schoolers. So we knew this decision would hurt a lot of people but we also knew it was for the better. So we feel like Moses making a crazy decision in others eyes but we both know and feel that God has opened a door that we can’t pass up the opportunity to walk through. So we are remaining faithful and trusting that moving is what he wants us to do.

  • Stephanie

    This was just what I needed tonight. God is so good! My brother has been extremely hurtful toward my family and has made decisions to alienate himself from us. His wife just had a little boy who they named Noah and I pray he will grow to be like God’s Noah!

  • Shelby,

    Like yourself this passage brings me back to my miscarriage and the period of trying to get pregnant. As all of my friends around me were getting pregnant, I was going through the hardest time of my life. I still believe to this day that God put me in the situation to draw me back to him in a way I have never have before. His plan worked because I have never had such a close relationship with Him than I have right now. I still grieve today (2 years and a set of twins later). Trust in his process and pray for strength. I will also pray for you and your husband during this emotionally trying time.

  • Shelby Fox

    Diane- I agree with you! I’ve always looked at this story at a completely different angle with Noah being the focus. I never thought about how his wife truly felt during all of this especially not ever seeing rain before or really knowing what to expect when God said he was going to flood the earth.

    Like Noah and his wife, my husband and I are going through a storm (a small storm compared to theirs). We have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now and have begun pursuing infertility treatments. As many of my friends, family members, and co-workers around me are announcing they are pregnant, those hurt feelings deep down inside come back up. Today’s reading reminded me that I need to be a little more like Noah’s wife and wait patiently for the Lord and remember that it is His delight to reveal himself to me admidst a swirl of troubles. As easy as it is to type this, my prayer is that I will act upon his promise and truly be patient.

    • Jamie

      Shelby,

      Like yourself this passage brings me back to my miscarriage and the period of trying to get pregnant. As all of my friends around me were getting pregnant, I was going through the hardest time of my life. I still believe to this day that God put me in the situation to draw me back to him in a way I have never have before. His plan worked because I have never had such a close relationship with Him than I have right now. I still grieve today (2 years and a set of twins later). Trust in his process and pray for strength. I will also pray for you and your husband during this emotionally trying time.

    • Diane

      Shelby- thank you so much for sharing! My best friend and her husband have also been struggling with infertility for some time. I often find myself at a loss for words when she comes to me for comfort as I have no experience with it. My prayer for her has continually been for patience (easier said than done! But that’s why we pray) for trust in His timing and most of all for peace in her heart. They’ve only been trying for 13 months, so to hear your story and hear that you still remain faithful is so encouraging and inspiring. I will add you to the prayers I pray for my friends and hope that God will pour his blessings on you! “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The Bible tells us this over and over, just continue to give Him praise and he will give you the desires of your heart!

  • Thank you so much for this reminder!! "Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them." My husband and I are currently in the middle of a storm. His hours at work have been cut and we are a single family income. This has been a real struggle but I see God in this and working. We just have to remain faithful and trust in him.

  • I love looking at this well-known story from the Bible at a different angle. Noah is always the focus, but thinking about his wife in all of this is really inspiring. Thinking about being in her shoes – here’s my husband with this crazy idea, everyone around thinks he’s nuts, but I will respect him and trust him and trust in the Lord and His plan. Talk about devotion and faith! What an inspiring woman!

  • Loved this one. It’s always a good reminder, and now with Scripture backing it up, to wait patiently on the Lord. It’s all His timing and not mine.

  • I love reading this one

  • Kate Kuykendall

    “But God called her to wait patiently, even as the waters rose and the earth gave way (Psalm 46:2). He called her to believe the storm would clear and that His covenant was true (Genesis 6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them.”

    Wow. This could not have come at a better time. I’m way late on this study, but God knew I would hear him exactly when I needed it the most. So thankful for SRT and the peace it has brought me tonight, amidst one of the roughest storms I’ve felt in a very long time.

    He is my refuge and strength. There is so much power in believing this to be true.

  • Lane Downey

    I appreciate the two end scriptures. 1 Peter 3:18-22 and psalms 37. Christ died and was put to death in the flesh to be made alive in the spirit. I want to trust in the Lord and commit my way to him.

  • As I was reading today, I started thinking about what kind of wife Noah’s wife must have been. The Bible doesn’t say anything about her other than she was on the ark, but in my head she had to have been a strong, godly woman. She supported her husband, the head of their house, and trusted that he heard from God. Since she was human she probably got frustrated and acted out a few times in that 120 years, but for the most part she encouraged him. They were married over 120 years are she still encouraged him in the weird way he was providing for those family. Then on the boat she had to be the mother to three daughter in laws, who probably had questions, doubts, and frustrations as well. She had to make the choice of either bashing her husband in front of them or would she show her trust and encouragement to them?
    I’m not married, but I desire to be and I have been studying wives in the Bible. Noah’s wife seems like someone to look up to!

    • Carie

      I love your insight about this passage and what his wife was probably like. I needed to hear it. Thanks!

  • Mindy Weber

    After a weekend alone with my healthy, active pre-teen/teen boys, & their constant chatter, I’m thankful for this reminder & the quiet time in His Word. Thanks SRT!

  • Hayley Lemmons

    I am at a time in my life where God has called me to wait and trust that His plan is better. My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost two years, and we are more than ready to get married! However, several months ago, I signed a contract for a new job where I would be traveling 4 days a week. The contract is for TWO YEARS. We don’t want our first years of marriage to be spent only 3 days at a time together, so we believe God is calling us to wait until He provides the better circumstances for a healthy marriage. Two years is a long time, but I know God is faithful and He will bless us immeasurably if we’re obedient!

  • I am just a few days (or weeks?) before delivering my second child. “Be still and wait patiently before the Lord” will be my refrain with every contraction that comes my way. Thanks She Reads Truth :)

  • This passage and devotional on Noah's wife was just what I needed to read today. I am few days behind in the Women in the Word study but God knows what He is doing and He knew I needed to hear these truths and reminders today. Be still and wait patiently before the Lord. God is good, even when in the midst of life's storms and we will be delivered as we trust in Him and His plan for our lives.

  • Curious, how do we know it took Noah 120 years to complete the ark?

    • Dadrian

      From other scripture. Genesis 5:32 says Noah was 500 years old when his sons were born. Genesis 6:3 speaks to God saying man had 120 years left and Genesis 7:6 says Noah was 600 years old when He entered the ark. There is nothing in scripture that tells us the ages of Noah’s sons, but as women we know that unless they were triplets they weren’t all born in the same year. Also I am sure there is some other evidence that someone a lot smarter than me has figured out that helps with the 120 years to build. Hope this helps and isn’t too confusing :-D

  • Mary Beth

    Love this. God provided safe passage for Noah and his family through the ark. God through His Son Jesus has provided safe passage for all of mankind. Thank you, Lord. Praying that we would know our Safe Passage, our “safe pasture” (Ps. 37:3) in Christ. He loves us. He preserves us.

  • Brittney Rivera

    I took much encouragement from today’s devotion. At first while I was reading I started thinking, “what am I reading today?” For a few months now my husband and I have been trying to have a baby…so far no luck. It’s been weighing on me pretty hard. I don’t necessarily think anything is wrong or that we won’t ever have a child but after a while of trying it definitely starts to weigh on the mind.
    I’ve been praying for a time now and I’ve cried out to God, because He knows that it is something I desire so deeply and it has always been my “dream” if you will, since I can remember. As the time has passed and still no baby, my desires have grown more and more. As I said, I’ve been praying about it for quite some time now and just yesterday after I read my devotional about Eve, I got on my knees and prayed, in that prayer I told God, that I would still love and follow him no matter what because for some time I didn’t and I know for sure it isn’t any better, actually there was always something missing. I have been holding onto the scripture that say “God will give us the desires of our hearts.” And as I prayed yesterday I told the Lord I knew that he said that and that I knew I wasn’t any different. I know he will give me the desires of my heart. I was taking to my husband today, telling him how I was discouraged because one of my friends had just announced that she was pregnant with her second child and I’m very happy for her but like I told him it was hard to see so many people pregnant with their first or second when I’m not and I told him I know God said he will give me the desires of my heart but it was still discouraging.
    I was read today and boom I read the scripture I have been quoting in my head, my prayers and to my husband. I know God put that there for me. I know he was telling me, I hear you and even though it’s not in your time I’m still here and I love you. Thank you Lord, for your Mercy and Grace!
    Sorry for this long comment/book lol.

    • Malerie Huguley

      Hey Brittany! I have walked your shoes. In fact, I’ve walked them for 10 years and am still in them. I too went through the varied emotions that comes with such a precious desire. God does want to hear our desires, I truly believe that, but I learned through my journey that the biblical promise that God gives us the desires of our heart actually means that He will align out desires with His. For my family that meant (and still does) that my desire for a biological child does not match up with His plan for my family. As hard as it still is to process, I have to trust the scripture saying His ways are higher than mine. I caution you on this emotional journey to really ask God what HIS desire is for your family and ask Him to make your heart match His. Prayers!

    • Dani

      I was in the same boat as you a little over a year ago. I, too, was down on my knees begging God for a child. After I prayed the most intense prayer of my life I realized that it was all in God’s hands and I needed to STOP worrying about it and just be. So right then, right there, I let go and trusted God. A month later, I was pregnant. Praise JESUS for being so loving and caring. He heard me and He took notice. He WILL take care of you. He WILL afford you all of the desires of your heart. You must remain faithful. God bless you and yours! You are very much loved.

    • Amanda

      Your post pulls at my heart, I have been there. For four and a half years my husband and I tried to get pregnant. More than once I heard God deep in my heart say “I promise” when I was crying out to Him. Through a cancer then an infertility diagnosis we believed God would fulfill His promise. We got pregnant last fall only to lose the baby and all we could do is Cling to God. Today I am 11 weeks pregnant and we are believing that this baby we will get to hold in our arms, teach about God and watch grow up. Prayers will be with you Brittney, don’t give up, God does come through in His way and in His time.

  • Clara Keeley

    While reading this today I was listening to the song “You make me brave” by Amanda Cook. A lyric from the song says “you call me out beyond the shore into the waves” and that just really connected with me while reading. That is exactly what God did to Noah and his family! He called them to come into the rough waters and have faith in him.

  • That’s a long time to be working on building a boat with no rain. Faith is the assurance of what is hoped for and the evidence of what is not seen. God give me faith like that!

  • If only we knew her name….so intrigued by “her” and how we must remain supportive, loyal, trusting, and thankful to our creators plans and to our husbands. Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…

  • How difficult it is to wait on the Lord during seasons of uncertainty, and yet Noah’s wife did this for nearly a century and a half! How much courage and faith she must have had! Her life worked out totally different than she had planned…did she always long for adventure, I wonder, or was she content living the way she was, safe in her own little place in the universe? I’m sure she had no idea that hundreds of women around the world would be learning from her example many thousands of years later! Today has been a day of reminding and of blessing as I catch up on this plan – learning from Eve that our Father and Brother take away my shame and to rejoice in how He made me, and from Noah’s wife to trust in the Lord’s plan and timing, even when none of it makes sense. Timely reminders for my life. Thank you SRT!

    • Kim

      Thank you Laura for sharing this because I believe the Lord has used your comment to answer a prayer of mine this morning; to trust in the Lord’s plan and timing, even when none of it makes sense. Bless the Lord for using Noah’s wife & SRT to remind us all as we seek to grow deeper in maturity, wisdom and understanding.

  • Juliefay

    I’ve never really thought about Eve but it seems like she went right along with Noah’s crazy work….or even if she didn’t like it, she ended up getting on the boat anyway. I imagine she had to be a support to her daughters in law too. I only hope to follow His work like that too.

  • This woman with no name has always interested me. We can pretty much gather her faithfulness for God and her husband but was she a bigger part of the behind the scenes then we are told? Did Noah enlist her to gather the food and supplies for their impending journey? Could she have been in charge of organizing the animals once they were inside the ark? Whatever her role I’m sure was not what she had planned out for her life as a young wife. Sometimes Gods plan for our life doesn’t get told to us. Sometimes through our submission to our husbands do we find ourselves exactly where God wants us. Our responsibility is to have enough faith in our husband (and God) to follow.

    • Susan D

      I love how the comments give further insight into the passage. Thank you.

  • MrsWalton88

    I never thought of Noah’s wife being the “new” Eve. Or of the “old world” looking barren, alien like, desert. I knew it took Noah over a 100 years to build the ark, but I never thought about his wife and her patience and trust in the lord and her husband following him wholeheartedly. I need to be more of a Noah’s wife, listening to his word and message.

  • Lauren King

    This year at the preschool that I was working for our theme of the year was “Take Heart/Be Brave”… This was the perfect theme for the year I was having. So many health issues in my immediate family and the “be brave” theme for me turned into “Be Sure” in the waiting seasons that the Lord will do what is His will and it will be good. This devotion brought back all of that, so glad to be doing this study and looking at some strong female role models when there are not many left!

  • Does anyone read this passage and wonder- why did God preserve the animals? Couldn’t he have created them again like he did in Genesis 1? That occurred to me today, and I bet there’s some redemptively cool reason he chose to do that.

    I agree with many of you who said there were a few assumptions made about noah’s wife and the antediluvian world in this devotional, but the emphasis on waiting on God is most definitely a good one to have :) thanks, SRT!

    • J_dipa

      I’ve had that same thought too!

    • J_dipa

      I think about this scripture and the story of Noah fairly often, especially when I’m watching the news and can’t believe the evil that goes on in our world. Sometimes I think, maybe we need another flood. There’s so much corruption and hate in the world… Unnecessary death, discriminations, war… It makes me wonder how horrible things must have been during Noah’s time to have taken such drastic action. Could it have compared to the evil we see today?

    • Jen

      I think maybe the common theme of remnant throughout scripture might be something to consider regarding the animals. They were a remnant that He preserved. Also I love the fact that there were 8 people on the ark. 8 is known as the number of new beginnings.

  • Arlyne VanHook

    I never knew that it had never rained before the flood. How have I missed this in all my years reading this story over and over?

    • Annette

      I had the same thought. Someone pointed out to me Genesis 2:5-6. However, those verses were before the fall into sin. There is no mention of rain in the Bible before the flood.

    • Jodie

      I wondered about that too. Did the trees and flowers etc just grow without it?

  • this definitely encouraged me to look at waiting as a positive instead of a negative. it helped me to see what I can do while im,waiting. to stop moping and complaining but go to his word and find healing and volunteer somewhere while I wait for a new job. I know he will provide for me I just need to praise him in my waiting

  • 120 YEARS. Wow, I did not realize it took Noah that long to complete the ark! It makes me wonder even more about his wife's role in the process. While he was tirelessly working on the ark for all that time, did Sarah have to step up and provide for the family? I don't know much about the history of that time, but they still had to eat right? I've loved how this story that I've heard all my life has come to life through this study. Thanks SRT!

  • Wait patiently. Noah’s wife is an excellent reminder of our marriage vows. She is a wonderful example of what it means to support our husbands. The Bible doesn’t even give her a name. She is only known as his support. I am coming off 2 years of a husband making “yes” decisions for his career and trusting where it takes us. These decisions do not make more money but require more of his time away from me and our 3 young kids. His last yes will be the greatest commitment but also his great joy. I am trusting that God will give me strength to raise our kids with him gone more and that our time together will become sacred.

  • Too many assumptions made by the author in this devotion.

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    I never took the time to look at Noah’s wife in this light. What an inspiration!! My current valley is requiring me to patiently wait upon the Lord & trusting that he will renew my strength. I have children who are watching me, so instead of wearing shame for my mistakes, I need to walk in the strength of the Lord trusting that He will do a good work in me. My children will be blessed & not cursed. My thoughts & words have power. I’m must speak positivity & the Word of God over me & my children.

    • Laura

      I love this! Yes, we must wait upon the Lord and know He will fulfill His promises to us. I pray strength over you as you wait patiently on the Lord!

  • Kathryn Calvert

    I have been a little behind in this study as well, but it is amazing to see that the Lord knows exactly what you need to hear and when you need to hear it. My husband and I are praying through many possible changes in the coming months. We want so badly for God to jump out and say, “Go on this path.” But just as He promised Noah, He also promised us that He will take us exactly where we need to be. What we really need right now is patience, and when I read about how long Noah’s wife waited — 120 years — I am humbled. What an awesome reminder of faithfulness.

  • Okay- so a few things jumped out at me- did you guys notice that before God told Noah He was going to save him and his family- that He told him to start building!? He gave Noah measurements and instructions AND THEN told Noah He would make a covenant with him. Isn’t this what God does? He often gives us directions before we know why. If I was Noah I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate on all those instructions because all my mind is hearing is that God is about to destroy the earth. He did tell Noah to make an ark for himself- but still- my mind would be thinking what on earth is going to happen?!

    Additionally- God had Noah take EVERY type of creature with him. This means God even saved the sneaky serpents. He could have wiped them out there. He could have started allll over right there. But He didn’t. Because His plan for redemption was through His immense love for us. We cannot deny a love that goes to the cross for us. I just loved this realization. I know I’m stretching the symbolism of the serpent to the actual creature- but I think it’s something to think about.

    • Lins Rankin

      Sheri, I love that you brought up that God even saved the serpent because he had bigger plans for us. I would have never come to that on my own. My husband and I just finished Family Life’s A Weekend to Remember and reading about Noah’s wife this morning just reminded me again to trust my husband. My biblical husband, to support him and know that God has chosen him to lead our family. Noah’s wife trusted her husband even when the neighbors thought he was crazy she trusted her husband and stood beside him knowing good had a plan. Amen! What a brave and confident woman she was.

  • I’m a little behind in the study due to laziness and downright sin in choosing not to, BUT it’s amazing to see how God is still sovereign over my sinful soul. The image of Noah’s wife and God giving her the patience to love and serve God and Noah during these 120 years is a huge rebuke and encouragement to me as a wife. Often times, I catch myself pointing out simple wrongs (like where we parked in a garage-1st or 2nd floor) to point out just so that I can “be right”. Instead, I should be quietly trusting my husband to know that he knows what he is doing (because he always does) is for my benefit, just like God is doing seemingly bad things for our benefit. Thank you SRT ladies. Your ministry is continually a huge encouragement to me!

    • Cara

      Trisha, keep reading. I believe God has so much in store for you, and me too, through this study. Press on!

  • JulieC21

    Question: does anyone know the significance of bringing 7 pairs of clean animals and birds as opposed to one pair like the unclean animals?

    • Hallie

      The seven pairs of clean animals were used for food and sacrifice while the other animals were on the ark so that the species would continue to survive.

    • Trisha

      My guess is that 7 is the number of perfection. Isn’t is awesome how God is so precise in His direction in our lives–even down to the number of items we have (or in Noah’s case, was told to bring)?

  • SarahMarieT

    What stuck out to me is God's reaction to Noah's sacrifice in Genesis that "the Lord smelled a soothing aroma." Just as Christ was the soothing aroma lifted up on the cross as a sacrifice for everyone and to cleanse us of our sinfulness (See Ephesians 5:2). The Lord says in His Heart – "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night, shall not case." (v. 22). He then sets the sign of His covenant with Noah that He would never again send such a flood in the form of a rainbow (see Gen. 9: 12, 13). I love how this reminder of His covenant has continued on for literally thousands of years. Rainbows show up all over the world in a burst of beautiful colors — reflecting the character of the covenant maker in vibrancy and color. I love the verse we read yesterday (or the day before?) in Isaiah 54:9 — "For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you." The people of Israel could cling to this promise as they saw rainbows in the rain. The very thing that led to the flood (water + the rain) was now used as the vessel through which the covenant could be seen (sunshine + the rain = rainbow). Again, we see the Lord taking out the sting of fear. He is a gentle God to His people and a God who runs after His people and pursues them to draw close to His heart.

    This is a complete hypothesis — but you know when you go hiking to waterfalls or see giant waves crash and the spray of the water creates rainbows in the spray — I wonder if the people of Israel could have seen rainbows in the spray of water created by the splitting of the Red Sea or the splitting of the Jordan River. How cool in the middle of a really trying time and a time that brought doubt, that the Lord may have ushered in a reminder of His promises of salvation through revealing rainbows in water spray.

    • Nikki J.

      This is awesome!! Very cool connections, especially with Eph. 5:2

    • Natalie

      I have never thought about the children of Israel being able to see rainbows in the spray of the sea. What a cool thought. I’ve always loved that reminder of God’s faithful promises.

  • MrsMarke

    I needed this for a different reason today … We are going through an awful truth that has been revealed to our family. My sister is grieving and hysterical thinking that the perpetrator will never be punished because he claimed to be a pastor. She has struggled with dark days for some time now and no longer calls herself a Christian. Last night I tried to pray over the phone with her and she screamed and cursed and resisted, but I prayed anyway. She is better this am, and is tearfully and hesitantly willing to listen. When I read Psalm 37, I knew God was giving me a truth to share with her. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, and the schemes of wicked men will not succeed. Noah's wife must have days when she probably wanted to throw rocks at those who ridiculed her husband, but she waited and the Lord, and probably prayed for them too! God is good, and sin is punished. Praise God for His whispered words.

  • Wow. What I see in this reading (I’m behind but felt the need to share) is Noah’s wife’s patience and trust…and faith in her husband AND God that everything would be okay. I had to ask myself how often do I truly exhibit those characteristics towards my husband and God? Definitely something I need to work on.

    • Sheri

      This is awesome Linda. I don’t have a husband but I was really struck by the thought that for 120 years they trusted God. I wonder how often He reaffirmed what He told them. Did He just tell them once? For me- if I believe God has told me something- I question Him daily to be certain I heard Him right. Sometimes many times within a day. I can’t imagine 120 years and putting in all the work and still wondering if they REALLY heard God or if they just imagined it. That’s my struggle! I am so blown away by their faithfulness to God. We don’t hear Noah’s wife speak but if we could I wonder what her fears/doubts/struggles were. What we don’t hear is that she ridiculed him, like Jobs wife. We don’t hear that she took matters into her own hands, like Sarai. No- we don’t hear anything and I imagine it’s because she willingly trusted God and her husband with her life. to me that’s so beautiful.

  • Catherine Garza

    GLC,
    Be still, sister! Noah’s wife birthed the men who would replenish the earth. She is first on line so that makes her “Eve”. God would not have saved Noah’s sons if they were evil…that would make the flood pointless.

    • Catherine Garza

      Cont…So we have to assume that they were submissive to Noah’s teachings.

    • Catherine Garza

      Again….sorry! And even though the Bible doesn’t tell is much about Noah’s wife, it is safe to assume that someone who sticks around for 120 years while their husband is building a huge boat and filling it with dangerous animals and creepy crawlers must be patient. And she must have been at least Godly enough to submit to Her husbands request to get on that boat. Maybe she wasn’t perfect, but she was a better woman than me. Maybe just enough is said about her for us to glean these things because Jesus was the bigger story. He was patient and he waited around knowing his fate and he submitted to his father and climbed on that cross so that God could destroy sin and redeem us.

      • glc

        Still not enough to call her the new Eve. Eve was the mother of all the living (with the exception of Adam of course!). Eve was the mother of only Shem, Ham, and Japheth. She was not the mother of her daughters-in-law. Therefore, she cannot be called the new Eve. And that is only the author's opinion, at any rate, and does not come from scripture. I point these things out, because the devotion made a rather big point of this. Please remember what the passage says. Only Noah received grace in the eyes of the Lord and only Noah is said to have walked with God and been blameless and had integrity in his generations. This distinction is not given to his sons. One of the principles to be seen here is that God saved Noah because he found him alone blameless and his whole household reaped the benefit. Their salvation was only physical, not spiritual. They were not made sinless to start the human race again in the original pureness of Adam and Eve. We see a similar picture of one righteous man being saved out of physical destruction along with his whole household in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot and his wife and his daughters and his sons-in-law were all given the opportunity to flee the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but the sons-in-law thought he was joking and did not leave, and Lot's wife turned back and perished. They would have reaped the benefits bestowed on Lot. Even the daughters showed that they were not righteous in their seductions of their father right after their deliverance. But God showed mercy to them because of their father when he rescued them from Sodom and Gomorrah. God did the same thing with Noah's family. He chose to restart the human race through Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and not through Noah and his wife alone.

  • The Lord led me to Psalm 46 moments before I even opened up the She Reads Truth app and opened up today’s devotion! CONFIRMATION?! I must really need to learn how to be still and know that He is God. Thanks for getting my attention Lord ❤️

  • Noah's wife was not the new Eve! According to the bible she never had another child. Yes she was the mother of the only men who would father new children, but it was her three daughters-in-law who were the new "Eve's." But we have no indication from the word that they were godly. It is really a leap to try to build up Noah's wife as an icon of patience and virtue when the bible tells us absolutely nothing about her. Best not to try to add man's speculation to God's truth. There are plenty of women in the bible we can study.We have no evidence in God's word that she exhibited patience or faith during the preparation of the ark or through the flood. This is all complete speculation and as such not edifying.

    • Christina

      I appreciate you pointing this out. While I agree with the conclusions arrived at about our God in this day’s devotional, I agree that we need to express them from what is already given to us in Scripture. And I am at least thankful that God is faithful! Thank you!

    • Tabitha

      I believe the point of this was not to put the focus on Noah’s wife but rather Jesus. Everyone had to have some sort of faith and trust to get in a boat with Noah. Regardless, this is another example of Jesus fulfilling our needs so that we don’t have to be punished. He took the punishment for us.

      Also, it was an encouragement to those of us trying to live in a world filled with wickedness. We don’t have to be discouraged because if we continue to follow Him, He always provides an ark. of

  • My husband recently quit his job before having a new one lined up in order for us to move closer to family. While I may not agree with this decision, he felt this is what The Lord was calling him to do, faithful that He would provide. I can only imagine how Noah’s wife must have felt. Testing in her husband and what The Lord was promising him.

  • Brigetta

    I had unknowingly skipped this reading yesterday, and yet this spoke volumes to me in the midst of my waiting circumstances, b/c God called me to step out in faith and quit my job before I had another lined up.
    I so enjoyed seeing/hearing part of what Noah’s wife might have felt through those hundred plus years of waiting. If she had patience through the storm (not perfect patience, but through her imperfect struggles came out with Godly patience), how can I not wait a month or two for God to lead me where I am to follow.
    God is faithful!

    • Tracy

      Brigetta, let me encourage you in your step of faith, I have had God call me to the same place of uncertainty more than once and each time he provided in a way that was better than I anticipated! God is faithful and if he calls you to it, he will bring you through it! Your faithfulness will be rewarded sister. So wait patiently on the Lord.

  • michelle of LA , Ca

    Thank you for this devotion Rebecca , wow powerful on patience . 120 really God lol lol
    I agree with Elisha above "wait and obey " so hard for us to do especially in the times we are living in . But "wait and obey " is so worth it
    Thank you again.

  • Kasey Summers

    This is a new way for me to look at Noah’s wife as well and it is so true. To think of the patience she had to of had. Wow. This devotional was exactly what I needed. The Lord answered a huge prayer for me yesterday. I had been praying for a while that the Lord would break my heart for those in my life who I knew were living in bondage but who have continuously hurt me, and yesterday I woke up with all the hurt completely gone and all I had for them was compassion. I always have told myself to always always forgiven because God has forgiven me so much. This was my logic, but yesterday God changed my heart. So reading in psalm 37 about giving up your rage and bitterness. Agitation can only bring harm… Those things are what the Lord set me free from yesterday! He just took them away. Instantly my feelings (which only God can change, were changed). I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness and love and for His word that speaks truth into my heart. Those things I was holding on to were to a point keeping me in a bondage because I let them consume me sometimes… But not any more!! I know they might start flaring back up, but then I will preach truth to myself and pray pray pray! To live in the freedom Christ purchased for you and to just be still and calm focused on him is so relaxing and so much more enjoyable! Thank you Jesus!

  • Samantha

    I had never even thought about Noah’s wife that way before.. definitely an eye opener on her real purpose in God’s plan

  • Wow! I wasn’t sure where this one was going to go and what a tremendous surprise and so many truths to unpack! Noah’s wife as the new Eve – fantastic – and I love the reminder of how faithful he is when we walk in faith especially when it makes no sense by worldly standard.

  • Trust the Lord your God with all your heart. Comforting devotion today.

  • This article reminds me of “walk by faith, not by sight”. That is just so strong to me because it can be such a struggle when you don’t physically SEE the outcomes or the present workings, but you have to trust in your faith, to TRUST in God. Trust is one of the biggest obstacles, I think. And I think that Noah’s wife shows her trust, with her husband and with God. That to me, speaks a million words.

  • Lauren Alexander

    To me it is so comforting that they were called to “just obey.” This is something I need to keep in mind for my own life.

  • Although I know this isn’t the point of today’s reading, I’m curious why the author wrote, “After all, no one had ever seen rain before the flood. The water on earth was in the oceans and the firmament, creating a canopy of water around the earth. When the flood began, the water poured down out of the sky and shot up from the ground—a sight I’ll bet was both amazing, and terrifying.” I’m wondering where in scripture it says this is the first rain ever? Or if this is just an assumption because rain isn’t mentioned in the Bible before the account of the flood in Genesis 6?

    • Tiffany Jewel

      Read Genesis 2:5-6 :)
      5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

  • Sarsoura

    New International Version
    God’s Covenant With Noah

    20Noah, a man of the soil, proceededa to plant a vineyard. 21When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

    24When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25he said,

    “Cursed be Canaan!
    The lowest of slaves
    will he be to his brothers.”
    26He also said,

    “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
    May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
    27May God extend Japheth’sb territory;
    may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
    and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

    .. I think any woman is strong to be married to him. Although I admit I don’t like to think of Noah in this light but it is worth pointing out the above passage. What are your thoughts?

  • mimikarenb

    Tim Hawkins jokes about the fact that we use Noah's ark as a decoration, especially in kids' rooms. We totally overlook the devastation and focus on the "cute animals" aspect. I doubt if Mrs. Noah found any of this very "cute." I got to thinking how we look at others' lives and they look so good, but we sure see the devastation in our own. God help me to be sensitive to others' needs, not just my own!

  • Woohoomer

    Oh I needed this today. Fully trusting God in our storm when nothing makes sense. We’re facing an unknown with our unborn daughter and her congenital heart defect. While scary it’s such a peaceful feeling reading the Noah’s wife story and how she trusted during her own storm. On a funny note, how does one look at 600years old?!

    • Bre

      Praying for you and your daughter. It is a God thing that your post was the first one for me to read. I am a pediatric nurse working in a cardiac icu. I won’t lie to you, it is a scary place to walk into and have strangers care for your new baby. But I pray God will give you peace and strength. I see God walk through this storm with people everyday. You will make it through- in gods strength & with a sweet daughter to fight for! I will keep you in my prayers.

      • Woohoomer

        Oh Bre! Thank you!!! She’s got tetraology of fallot. I know we’re looking at surgery, just a lot of unknowns. Like okay there’s an ark but we don’t know what God is going to do with it.

    • Angela

      Praying for you, your daughter, your family & all your caregivers. I can’t imagine your emotions. I will be praying, remembering that God is holding you during this storm. My parents and husband were all diagnosed with cancer within a few months of each other (my parents on the same day, my husband 6 months later). My parents have been through treatments & declared “cancer free” but my husband is still fighting it. It’s been over a year since my husbands surgery. It’s been a tough year. But looking back at the beginning of it all, I see how God held us and carried us through. Thinking of the song, “standing on this mountaintop, seeing just how far we’ve come, knowing that with every step, You are with us”… God is with you. He’ll get you through. And He’s holding you and your precious daughter in His amazing hands right now. Hugs & prayers!!!

  • As I was read today’s scripture on Noah and the measurements he was given to build the ark.I thought to myself” I wonder if anyone has tried to build it. And I came to this web site. Amazing! What a great visual to comprehend the vastness of this vessel! Also, I’ve been reading a lot of the comments here and read a lot about her” patience” . I think although her having patience is a good point I also think that It was about obedience to God in” helping “her husband to fullfill what God has shown Noah to do she was obedient to God.If you read in chapter 6:14~22 it took a lot of preparations to carry this out.Faith in what God is about to do no matter how crazy it sounds. Thank you I hope this makes sense: )
    http://www.today.com/news/life-size-noahs-ark-rep

    • Racheal

      Sorry the link does not work but if you Google” has anyone tried to build the ark? You should get to the video on Today.com

  • Thanks. Holding fast!

  • Carly Wilke

    This was exactly what I needed!! Not to be told to be still but to actually have the desire to stop and be still. Also to find ways to be still even in the business of life. God is good and He is our refuge, our fortress when the very mountains of our world crumble, when the roofs of our houses cave in. He is our stillness. He is our peace.

  • Deborah Thompson

    For the last 6 years my husband has had a job that has cost so many hours, tears, ulcers. We have prayed and looked so often for new work, while being thankful for the work he has. The last two weeks have had some promising interviews and we find ourselves wanting to look forward and yet knowing that we don’t get excited till the name is signed on the dotted line.
    I’m learning yet again, in another phase of my life to wait patiently for the Lord. This time I find I’m struggling more though, it’s not DIRECTLY ME that I’m praying and asking God for a change. I’m praying FOR my husband. Just as Noah’s wife must have been so frustrated at times, wanting to step in, get more involved, shield her husband from the awfulness of people and yet direct him to God. Encouraging their children to see that dad was doing what God wanted him to and that GOD HAS A PLAN.
    My husband has an interview at 5:30 central time today. Less than an hour from now. The same ministry I work at. I have found great comfort in knowing that God is sovereign, he has planned our lives from the beginning and He will provide THE BEST in HIS TIME. I’m praying I can be an encouragement for my husband, a helpmeet, a champion for him from the sidelines, behind closed doors, when we just want it to come already, as I imagine Noah’s wife was for him.

  • I’ll start with what we know/what we can gather about her through the readings:

    Wife of a blameless and righteous man who walked with God;
    Mother of three sons;
    Recipient of a divine covenant;
    Protected from the wrath of God (1 of 8!);
    Loyal to Noah as he received and followed instructions from God;
    Waited for God, for what might have felt like an eternity (40 days and 40 nights!)

    I don’t know her name, but her story is phenomenal. Not necessarily because of anything she did, but because of the wonderful works God performed in her time. If I could walk in her shoes, I’d wonder how faithful I’d be in fulfilling my roles as wife, mother, and faithful follower of God under some pretty bizarre and frightening circumstances. I can only pray that I would be a source of refuge and not strife; that I would be a helper and not a hindrance to the work at hand; that I would be loyal.

  • What stood out to me the most in today's reading was God telling us (as I think that surely Noah and his wife had to learn, as well), "Don't fret – it leads only to evil." Don't focus on the wrong and evil things that other people are doing. Instead, place your focus on trusting in God and doing good YOURSELF. Don't focus on anger towards those people. Instead, focus on taking delight in the Lord. Don't focus on fretting about them getting away with their evil deeds. Instead, focus on being still before the Lord and waiting patiently for Him, knowing that He will reward your righteousness and that He has promised that HE will deal with the wicked. How many times I fret about the wrong things I see others doing, instead of focusing on "trusting in the Lord and doing good" in my OWN life. I need to reframe and refocus my thinking! Not only will it please God for me to do that, I believe it will also place me in a more positive, peaceful, joyful frame of mind!

  • I have been thinking about Noah's wife since reading this morning. When I try to imagine myself in her position on the boat, it really blows me away. She's on a boat that took such a long time to build. She is watching the entire world die around her. She has absolutely zero control over the situation and no way to help herself. And yet she didn't complain or cry out to God. She TRUSTED him to be faithful and keep his promise and deliver her and her family through the storm safely. That is a faith a patience level that I think we all aspire to develop. When contrasted with The Israelites in the wilderness who had the presence of God with them at all times and they still couldn't completely trust him or have complete faith in him. It has just blown my mind today. What a way to be convicted by the Spirit.

    Thank you for this study SRT! It is awesome and I can't wait for the rest.

    • Mary

      I agree, Jamie! I have never looked at Noah’s wife from this perspective before and honestly, I feel convicted!

      If I was Noah’s wife, I imagine myself being embarrassed and not wanting the neighbors to think we are weird. I imagine myself getting so impatient watching my husband build a boat day in and day out. I honestly don’t think I would trust God in that situation!

      Noah’s wife is a pretty amazing lady! Thanks for the awesome post, SRT… It’s given me a lot to think about and process.

  • so many things to ponder, perspectives I never explored in this story pertaining to marriage, baptism, trust, commitment and perseverance. what a beautiful story revealing God’s power and protection.

  • KimberlyPWeaver

    I was blown away by Noah's wife. I named her Patience, since the passage didn't say her name. I also yearn to be able to hear God's voice as clearly as Noah did. His wife must have had a deep relationship with God, and so much patience and trust in her husband!
    I have read the chapter in Psalms a million times, but it was completely new to me today! I have some people in my life that despise me mostly because of my faith. I find myself often looking over my shoulder. Today, once again, I was reminded not to be afraid. Rather focus on God and walking righteously. God has my back so there is nothing to fear! I need live my life in a manner that is righteous, showing Christ to all that I come in contact with, walking close by His side every second. No need for foolish worry and fear. Just give me Jesus! The more I know Him, the more I want to know Him.

  • Wow! I've never thought about Noah's wife and how she is the new Eve. I can't imagine trusting and obeying God to do something that seems crazy like building an ark, but of course, he was faithful to fulfill his promise and covenant with them. They only had to step out in faith. What a good reminder.

    • Sarah

      I love the idea that Noah’s wife is the “new Eve”! It just put the idea in my mind of giving a second chance. An opportunity for womanhood to be built on a new foundation – one of trust, hope and faithfulness to God. So often I feel like people look at Eve as this conniving woman who corrupted her husband and it’s just nice to have another woman to look to who fully trusted the Lord and loved her husband in a different way.

  • thekholtz

    What I love is that Noah's wife is so often overlooked – no name, mentioned only a few times and the focus really isn't on her – still plays such a HUGE ROLE in this story!

    What truly stuck out to me was Psalm 37:8. I had noticed that for a third time the phrase "do not fret" is used. Worrying will lead us into evil. Noah's wife not only learned to be still and wait patiently, but she had to learn to not worry and to trust both God and her husband as well. It was such a solid reminder for me that worrying about things is almost like saying "Hey God, I don't really trust you or the plan you have for my life." When we worry about what others are doing around us, we are tempted to compare ourselves to them and mimic them, which takes our focus off God and leads us into sin and temptation.

  • Megan Shaffer

    Noah’s wife- a woman whom I have never ever studied before. She is indeed remarkable. She was patient and trusted in The Lord and also, she was patient and trusted in her husband. What a woman! To stand by her husband the way that she did in the midst of 120 years of him building an ark for a supposed flood, I think it’s a beautiful representation of what God meant when he said for the wife to submit to her husband. What a great lesson on patience and what a woman of God should look like. May we all model the life Noah’s wife.

  • I have heard Mary referred to as the new Eve but this is the first time I have heard of Noah’s wife referred to as the new Eve. Thoughts?

    • rgcash

      Since she had no more children after the flood, I don't really see how she could be the new Eve. Wouldn't the daughters-in-law have been that? Actually, I think Eve is still Eve, because all those on the ark came from her and Adam. They were not a new race of purified people. They just were just a reboot from the original root.

  • “Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength.” Oh how I needed to hear these words today, to hold on to their truth. Lord I trust in you, even in times when you feel so far away. I know now those are the times I must pull close and hold on to everything you are. Amen sisters

  • I can definitely relate to some of the questions and concerns some of you ladies have shared; I had them too. I don't know how patient Mrs. Noah was or wasn't, how she felt or reacted to any of this. Whatever she really felt or thought about her husband and his mission, she got on the ark when God said to (Gen. 7:1 & 7) and got off the ark when God said to (Gen. 8:16 & 18). She had the free will to refuse to get on the ark, but she didn't. She got on that boat with her family and rode out the storm. No matter her true personal feelings, God was faithful and kept His promise. He was faithful to deliver her and her family and to give them a fresh start. Today's passages reminded me that God is faithful whether I grumble and complain or follow Him obediently. I'm so grateful His love and faithfulness to us doesn't depend on us or anything we do, but on who He is alone. :)

    • Andrea

      What a great reminder! Well said

    • christine

      “Today’s passages reminded me that God is faithful whether I grumble and complain or follow Him obediently. I’m so grateful His love and faithfulness to us doesn’t depend on us or anything we do, but on who He is alone. :) ” this. Thanks for sharing. Trying to absorb this truth today.

  • mimikarenb

    As someone previously mentioned in their comment, everyone on earth had sinned and was deserving of punishment, including Noah and his family. But – Noah "found grace in the eyes of the Lord" (KJV). God had made a promise to redeem earth's fallen race, and in order to fulfill that promise He needed a man, someone who would be faithful and obedient, to bridge the gap. Yes it was about Noah, but it was also about God and His purpose. I like to make it about me, but there is so much more going on that I can see. My obedience today, walking with Him today, makes a difference in His plan!

  • Patience without fear… Quite a concept after a sleepless night with my thoughts racing out of control. This is a great reminder that God commands me to be still, which I find especially difficult in the darkness of night. I feel God speaking to my heart, as twice yesterday I randomly came across this piece of scripture: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭2‬ NIV). Thank you, God, for the reminders that you are always beside me.

  • Meredith

    As a single girl in her mid-thirties, I can’t hear “be still and wait” often enough. Watching everyone around me do whatever they feel like and get married, find boyfriends, have babies – it is HARD to wait for His timing. But I know I need to – He’ll reward me in ways that I can’t even imagine, even though the fear that I have in being alone is still very much top of mind for me.

    • Katy

      You don’t know how OBEDIENT you are. How PATIENT you are. How TRUSTING you are. How SELFLESS you are. How STRONG you are. How FAITHFUL you are… for you are able to practice SELF CONTROL. And you are able to continue PERSEVERING even when I’m sure there’s times you want to write your own story, make your own decisions and try and create your own happily ever after. I haven’t been able to do that. I have tried to right wrongs and I have tried to mend broken pieces of my life… I have played wife to a man of six years who is no closer to marrying me. I have tried to fix and encourage him in the faith, which he knows well, and nothing of my doing will ever get him closer… only Jesus can. And now I know that. I had a child before I met this man who he has taken in as his own. And i have tried to give her the family she deserves. But, everything crumbles around us. Don’t rush God. Don’t give up what he is preparing for you. I wish I had your COURAGE and SELF WORTH… I am now trying to pick up the pieces of my broken life and learn how to be a WOMAN OF WORTH such as yourself. So I can teach my daughter to be a woman like you. That without question she WILL WAIT FOR GOD to BLESS HER… You dont know how INSINSPIRATIONAL you are!

    • Katy

      ^^^ For MEREDITH

  • What I love most from this study today is that we don't know Noah's wife's name but we do know that she remained committed to her promise before God to love her husband! Not only through the usual ups and downs of marriage but through the turmoil of 120 years of building, being isolated from family & friends, then to endure the flood and being on the ark for a year and establishing a new life!!! Can you imagine!?! Sometimes in the middle of a troubled season, we think…I can make it through this (fill in the blank)… for Noah's wife, " the building of the ark" and then comes the rain and flood and leaving people out of the ark who surely wanted to jump on board at the end. I am sure she had a moment or two of "Ok God, I have been a faithful and supportive wife and that was so very hard and now….a flood….rebuilding….planting…." God's ways are certainly unique, beyond our understanding, and a plan that we could never fathom the possibilities. We don't know her name but she gave birth to a nation people. She said yes daily, trusted daily, relied on God daily. My prayer today is to be more like Noah's wife!

  • Noah’s wife was obedient, simple as that. I could not imagine having to endure people seeing my husband as a looney… Speaking about “rain” and “floods” when the world knew not of those things. The bible does not say anything about Noah’s wife but the lack of it says plenty. Had she been disobedient or fast to anger the bible would have mentioned it… But it doesn’t… Would it be safe to assume that though the Bible says that ONLY Noah walked after God, his wife was a prime example of what a lady should be to her husband? 1 Samuel 15:22 “… Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of Rams.”

  • This is so good. I am not good with the waiting, and I’m too often frustratingly impatient. I’m even impatient with my impatience! My prayer is to learn how to truly be still, wait, and trust.

  • Patience is definitely not one of my virtues. I want all the answers today. Amazing to read how Noah's wife waited 120 years to see the result of what God was telling her to do. Imagine believing in your husband and supporting him for that time period! Imagine not wavering, even when the rest of the world, your friends, your colleagues, your family, are telling you that what you are doing is crazy, but you KNOW deep down inside God has told you to continue on this path. Oh, how I would love to have that kind of faith and patience. How I would love to shut out the looks, the comments, and the loving advice from those around me to never doubt what God is telling me to do. Imagine the peace that would surround me, if my faith was just that strong. I pray today that in the midst of my storms, I would hear his voice, that I will be patient to wait for his timing, and have confidence in his promises.

  • churchmouse

    Ok so we don’t know the actual name of Noah’s wife. We do know she got on the Ark and that she got off. We know she was the mama of three sons and the mother – in – law to their wives. That’s. It. We don’t know her attitude or the depth of her faith. BUT GOD knows her name. He sees her. She is significant to Him. And so I know that He knows my name. He sees me. I am significant to Him. And that’s all the recognition I need. Resting in that from this study today.

  • I love how in psalm 37 God lifts the burden we feel to fret about those who do not follow the Lord. Instead, we are free to focus only on him and trust him to act.

  • As I read today's scriptures and the commentary blog the word that came to my mind was struggle. I journaled about the struggle and how real it is. Then I read the comments and the word or description of struggle is in just about every comment. Many of you also touched on the importance of walking in obedience during the wait. The blog post said "God invited them to simply obey". I think we struggle because we complicate our obedience. We know what we should do, but we are so tempted and we fall to sin – disobedience. For me, it often looks like pride or self-righteousness and simply not trusting God and maneuvering in my own power to try to control life.

    The struggle seems to lessen with beautiful reminders in The Word such as this. When I repeat and steep in His truth, the choice is easier and the struggle decreases. "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less." John 3:30

    Lord, let us all surrender to you, let the struggle decrease, as we decrease our pride. Help us choose you, clinging so closely that the obedience does in deed become simple.

  • so good! May God make me like Noah’s wife! May I wait patiently on Him, trusting all His ways. Thanks for the amazing reminder!! SO needed this today!

  • Danielle

    I think Noah’s wife was an amazing example of a Godly wife! Though we don’t know much about her, we know that she honored and obeyed God and in turn honored and trusted her husband as he too sought to obey God.

  • JessiLRobinson

    When I saw the table of contents in the study guide and noticed Noah’s wife listed I thought it a bit odd as we have no indication of her actions other than getting on the boat and getting off of it after the waters receded. Most likely she was obedient and followed Noah as would be the norm in a patriarchal society. But however much we speculate and assume, we know absolutely nothing about her faith. I hope she trusted in God’s promise but no one can know the truth of her belief or heart. To be honest, this devotional bothered me a bit.

    • Maija

      I agree. The Word doesn’t state that his wife walked with God, only that Noah did. We can then learn these things about patience and waiting on the Lord from Noah. It is extra-Biblical liberty to assume them about his wife.

      • Drea

        Jessi and Maija, I agree! Nor does the Bible say Noah’s wide was first woman baptized. We need to be careful adding or taking things to what’s in His Word. What’s written is ONLY what God wanted in it. Not our opinions or extra supplements…

    • Rebecca Faires

      Hi Jessi! I appreciate your comment! This is such a great question: “Is this biblical?”

      Although the faith of Noah’s wife is not the focus of today’s study (the chief focus is the actions and character of God in the story), I think we might actually be able to make an argument for the faith of Noah’s wife!

      1. The phrase that most commonly connects Noah and his wife is that she was “with him”: when God instructs Noah the pattern is that his family is included in the command, and with him in obedience.

      2. In Genesis 9:1-12, Noah’s whole family, represented by each husband, is included in God’s covenant.

      3. It’s actually a greater stretch of the text to interpret that she was not a believer. The implication is that she did have faith. Scripture is written with thrift and I feel safe to read this passage and trust that “where there’s smoke there’s fire”, and assume that she was a believer.

      Love this discussion!

      xo-Rebecca

      • JessiLRobinson

        If the fact that Noah’s wife was included in the covenant leads us to infer that she was obedient and patient as the devotional reads and that she didn’t complain as many commenters stated, — then where does that leave Sarah, Abrahams wife? She did complain, she grew impatient and she went outside of God’s plan. Yet she was part of the covenant with Abraham AND she was specifically named for her faith in Hebrews 11. That would lead me to believe that being faithful doesn’t exclude times of doubt, impatience, complaining or outright disobedience. (And I’m grateful!) I think even if you can infer that Noah’s wife was a believer, we still don’t know that she was patient or uncomplaining. She could have been bitter and angry all 120 years! We just don’t know these things about her. I’m fine with inferring things within reason but I guess my problem is extolling virtues that require evidence of action. I don’t think that getting on the boat at a time when women were property and had little options for autonomy is a good enough reason to assume she was obedient to God and patient. With that said, I do appreciate the dialog and have been very blessed by these reading plans for several years now. This one entry in all that time is the first that bothered me, so I’ll pipe down and enjoy the rest of the readings to come.

  • Rebecca, are you saying that the water literally shot up from the ground? Or the rising water from the heavy rains rose?

    • Rebecca Faires

      Hi Rhonda, Yes! Genesis 7:11 “The fountains of the great deep burst forth”!

  • Linda Adams

    I am just wondering where the Bible says it took 120 years to build & supply the ark. After that awful movie "Noah" with Russell Crowe, I prefer straight Biblical accounts.

    • Danielle

      Linda, I believe they get 120 years from Genesis 6:3 but that is definitely something I would study! Maybe look at some different commentaries and see what insight they have on Noah’s Flood.

    • Rebecca Faires

      Hi Linda, in Genesis 6:3 God issues a 120 year warning for the flood. Thanks for asking!

    • carlybenson

      I've been looking at this today and I don't think the Bible does say it took 120 years. If you look at Genesis 5:32 it says after Noah was 500 years old he had his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth, then in Genesis 6:10 it talks about him already having these 3 sons and that's when God tells him to build the ark, then in Genesis 7:6 it says Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. I'm not sure how long it took but seems like quite a bit less than 120 years.

  • Brittany

    If God saw the Earth was corrupt, you would think sin would have gone away. Did sin come back because of Noah’s youngest son poison his wine? (Genesis 9:20-25). I just wonder how sin came back on a bigger level if God flooded everyone on the Earth. This is an interesting devotional for me today. Learned something new!

    • Ashley

      21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

    • Katie

      Noah and his family were born into original sin just like everyone else. Noah wasn’t perfect, but God saw goodness in him. God sent the flood to wipe out humankind, not sin. He had greater plans to handle sin.

    • Drea

      Brittany, where or what version in those scriptures you stated says “Noah’s youngest son poisoned his wine?”

  • Brittany

    Never have I given Noah’s wife much thought before today, but wow, what a picture of patience and waiting on God even when you don’t understand and nothing makes sense. I needed this word today… desperately. And wow, what a gentle reminder that when I am called to be a wife, to support my husband in his wildest dreams even when I can’t “see” them for myself.

  • Becca had some interesting things to say about Noah's wife. She walked by faith never really understanding what was happening. She listened to her husband, a man of great faith, and followed his leading. I agree that she must have loved Noah deeply to leave her previous life behind and go on a new journey —still not knowing where or what was in front of her. I also agree that she was a woman of tremendous faith. How many of us would have that kind of faith in our husbands or in our God? Not many. We would be thinking of the pros and cons and there would have been a lot of "cons". But Noah's wife (no name listed) walked in obedience with the faith God gave her, and became a new Eve. Powerful!!!

  • I’ve never thought about Noah’s wife, it’s interesting to read and consider her. I was almost sure that this post was drafted by Amanda Bible lol because she usually adds some more info and puts things in context. I wonder though, where do I find such information? I was not aware that this was the first rain ever because the bible makes no mention of it.

  • I’m loving this song and it seems to fit nicely today:

    Hillsong UNITED

    “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

    You call me out upon the waters
    The great unknown where feet may fail
    And there I find You in the mystery
    In oceans deep
    My faith will stand

    And I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Your grace abounds in deepest waters
    Your sovereign hand
    Will be my guide
    Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
    You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

    So I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    [6x]
    Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior

    Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

    I will call upon Your name
    Keep my eyes above the waves
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    I am Yours and You are mine

    • Kendall

      This is one of my favorites, too!! It is so fitting with today’s message, too!

    • Kenzie

      I love the thought of this song during Noah’s time! Never thought of it like that before. I’ve always imagined Peter getting out of the boat… Thanks for sharing!

      • Alyssa

        Me either until I read the devotion. I love how God brings different things to our attention when we spend time at his feet.

  • Noah's wife was crazy with a capital "C". Albeit crazy in a good way. We don't know much about her except that she is the wife of Noah. I can only imagine that she and Noah must have been close because I can't imagine any wife going along with her husband's hair brained idea to build a boat -whatever that is, and fill it with every kind of animal because there's going to be a flood-whatever that is. I can't help but imagine that Noah's wife's belief in The Lord must have been just as strong as his.

    In a small way I am reminded of how I often look to friends and family for confirmation of God's will in my life. How would I fare in Noah's day on the faith front? What would I do in the absence of support from friends and family? Would I have the courage, like Noah's wife, to press on with God's plan for me? Which brings me to my prayer: Lord give me the strength and courage to follow you. Help me remember that in my weakness you are strong."

  • sseeley80

    Wow that was a really neat look at Noah's wife. I'm also puzzled that she doesn't have a name. Thank you for sharing about her patience and endurance in the midst of bizarre and unexplainable events. It's a reminder to us to wait patiently before God and trust in Him even though we don't understand what His plan is.

    • [email protected]

      I was wishing she had been named as well! And it yet it changes nothing. No one knows her name and her impact is every bit as potent. There is probably a lesson in there! ;)

  • Thrilled to share with my daughter what baptism symbolizes as the usual scriptures read don’t tie baptism in with the flood. This additional piece makes it clear to me that baptism is a way to say we identify with Noah and his family and not the evil and violence in the world.

  • I think SRT hit on a big point in the intro that these studies should draw is to want to be more like Christ. I really feel uncomfortable with a study that is asking for is to imagine what Noah’s wife went through and then put the emphasis on being like this fictional account of his wife. Overstating this a bit…but I’m hoping SRT returns to the main point of its mission and focuses on the story the text is telling. I know the study is women in the Bible, and we do know Noah had a wife. But we don’t know anything about her response. So….i guess a heart check is a good thing? Is that why this story was picked? To imagine how I would respond in this situation? Maybe more would have been gleaned by just looking at the actual story of Noah instead of the his wife’s (who’s story has not been given a leading role, and why are we focusing on what is not there?). I dunno, SRT, feeling unsettled with this direction.

    • Valerie

      I agree Mindy, we don't know how Noah's wife responded. All we know is that she was there and her husband acted in obedience to God and that the flood took years to come. Weather or not Noah's wife was a good example of righteousness God was in control of that situation and because of Noah's obedience God saved him and his family. He didn't save them in a day, a month, a year, but it took him more then a century to save them. God's time table covers a span of time that we most definitely can't imagine. I believe the author of todays post tried her best to point out how God is in control. We will naturally put ourselves in Noah wife's shoes and put our own expectations on her being righteous… So it is good to be reminded focus on God's part. Although, Noah's wife isn't the focus of the story I think its good for us to see that even if you aren't the focus of the story God is doing something big in our midst. I hope this helps put you more at ease! It's good to be discerning about what the teaching we receives tells us.

    • Ashley

      I don’t think it is really about Noah’s wife so much as it’s about G-d’s patience. And yes I think they are asking us to think about our response.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Mindy!

      Thanks for expressing your concern. I'm sorry you're feeling unsettled! We absolutely want this to be a comfortable place to ask questions and I'm so grateful for your honesty. Our intentions in this study are, as you mentioned, to draw nearer to Christ. We are covering an extensive list of women mentioned throughout the Bible (44 of them!), knowing that these stories (brief though they may be) are about God and not the women. As we read in God’s Word the narrative in Genesis 6,7 & 8, we learn a little about Noah’s wife, but reading narratives mostly teach us about what God is doing. I hope you'll read my response to Tammy's comment above to gain a little more understanding about our heart behind the choice of including Noah's Wife.

      We are grateful for your place in this community and pray He would meet us here each day as we study His Word.

      Grace and Peace,
      Kaitlin

      • Mindy

        Thanks Kaitlin for taking the time to respond for SRT!! Love it. I am excited to be a part of this journey through the Word with this community of women and so blessed to know that even my *unsettled-ness* is accepted! Peace, Mindy

  • What amazes me and that we can learn so much through her, patience and acceptance of what God is doing, but yet, we don't even know her name. Every thing in the written word is mentioned for a reason. And points to the one that saves us all. To read in 1 Peter about the flood waters and the 8 people being compared to baptism really made me think about the flood in a different way. He was cleansing away all unrighteousness even then, like he does now. What an amazing God to know he doesn't change. He is ever present…. and ever loving. His promises are true!

  • “We serve a God who fulfills his promises, and it is his delight to reveal himself amidst a swirl of troubles” so good! This comes at a

    • Cailey

      Submitted too fast… I was going to say this comes in a time that is best described as a “swirl of troubles”. Waiting patiently for God to reveal himself has definitely paid off :)

  • I can only hope that one day I'll be the woman standing next to God's "looney" man, hoping and waiting upon the Lord for what He is doing in our lives. It's exciting to see such a great example of this in God's word.

  • Brenda K

    Obedient and faithful … Scripture doesn’t say much about Noah’s wife other than she was there and went with Noah into the ark. But to just be there, to stay with Noah for 120 years as he built and prepared according to what God had directed took both of those things… Faith in her husband and in God. And obedience to Noah and to God.

    That God chose to save Noah and his wife and his sons and their wives tells me that they were all worth saving. We don’t know if they were all righteous but God included them in His plan. He could have repopulated the earth many other ways but He chose them to do it. He chose them to be witnesses of His incredible power. I imagine they were probably pretty righteous AFTER the flood.

    My prayer today is that God would continue to grow my Faith and my obedience and my trust in Him. I have already seen His incredible power move in amazing ways in my life. He gave me my husband. I pray that I would continue to grow as a wife among the many other roles that I have. Amen

  • Katherine Reyes

    This word spoke to me today! Just yesterday I was wrestling with wanting to understand and find a reason of why something happened (out-of-nowhere moments that you wish never happened). Sometimes we may never understand why something happens but need to walk forth; committing everything to the Lord and walking. What changes us is not understanding everything; what changes us are those crucial moments we decide to either obey and trust, or take matters into our own hands. (Although, God is gracious to correct us.)

  • Tammster

    (Genesis6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength.
    This scripture is awesome. How many times do we doubt Gods word and move out of his will. Noah’s wife stood back patiently and allowed Gods word to manifest! A woman of faith.

  • Wait and Obey…. So tired of waiting!

    • Coren Larsen

      I hear you sister! You aren’t alone in your wait. I have waited and waited and just when I get an answer to that wait, another waiting situation pops up. Keep fighting the good fight! God has something wonderful planned for you that you can’t imagine and would never expect. He wil finish his work in you!

    • Gretchen

      This has been an encouragement and challenge to me during seasons of waiting – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/do-you-hate-to-wait

  • lauraloewen1221

    To wait on the Lord, just being faithful where I'm at and obeying where He has me is a theme of my current season of life. I can identify with Noah's wife on this level: waiting, unsure of what's coming, having a promise in my bones but not be able to see it come to fruition yet.

    Pushing out the thoughts of "Oh, this is crazy" is truly a feat some days. I want to always be clinging to God – to both His universal promises to humanity and to the believer in the Bible, and then the promises He's whispered to my heart.

    • Laura

      Having a promise in my bones! Love this I feel the same way! While reading this I couldn’t help but hear him like a resounding symbol I am a faithful committed God! I am committed to you, we are in this together!

    • [email protected]

      "just be faithful". It sounds so simple, no striving or pushing, no conniving. Just consistently faithful. And yet I fight it too.

      Working out obedience, every day, right there with you, Laura! :)

  • I don’t know. This is reaching. It doesn’t mention Noah’s wife as being patient or having faith. The scripture talks about Noah, yes, but not his wife. I would hope she was those things – or learned them in 120yrs. But we must not assume because it doesn’t say specifically.

    • McKenzie Blair-Griffith

      I agree, I feel like this is extremely stretched. It speaks almost nothing of Noah’s wife.

    • Mindy

      Agee

    • Sarah

      this is true, it doesn't speak of anything she does. but it does make me wonder that God chose Noah for who he was, but also for who his wife was. marriage is sacred, and while who knows what was going on in that world, Noah and his wife were "different" I think it could be safe to assume she was considered righteous in God's site too as she raised up the 3 boys that married 3 girls that God felt all needed to come onto the Ark. Sure, they weren't perfect. No one was. There could have been grumbling and complaining by all (The Israelites grumbled and complained a ton when walking in the wilderness, but still entered the promised land) But I have to have faith that God chose Noah, because of who Noah was, but also because of his wife as well. Just my two cents! :)

      • Cass

        i disagree. Yes, marriage is sacred but that is not why God chose to use Noah and his wife. There are other examples of couples in the bible that God used, and it wasn't always because of their joint faithfulness. There's Hosea and Gomer, Job and his wife, Isaac and Rebekah etc. . . God doesn't use us because WE are faithful, he uses us because HE is faithful. I understand why SRT would choose to include the story of Noah, but I really think this is stretching it with the descriptions of Noah's wife. They are nice thoughts to consider, but can not be backed up from the bible.

        • rgcash

          Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one who saw it from this standpoint! We should not make assumptions about things that are not stated in the word because they seem likely or plausible to us. The Word says only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. His wife and sons and their wives were saved from the fate that the rest of the world suffered because of their relationship to Noah, not their relationship to God. God was ensuring that the human race would continue through Noah's line, but one of his sons was cursed by his father not long after the flood for his unrighteous behavior!

    • Aimee

      I agree. We can’t really imagine what it would have been like for Noahs wife, especially with all the cultural differences. I believe she was obedient because she followed Noah into the arc, but there’s no other real conclusion to draw.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Tammy!
      Thanks for chiming in. We are covering an extensive list of women mentioned throughout the Bible (44 of them!), knowing that these stories (brief though they may be) are about God and not the women. As we read in God’s Word the narrative in Genesis 6,7 & 8, we learn a little about Noah’s wife, but reading narratives mostly teach us about what God is doing. As we make our way through all 44 Women in the Word, we’re also getting a big-picture of what God is doing throughout the entire story of the Bible. In light of that, Noah’s wife was one of 4 women around for one of the biggest moments in history, so we included her and this big-deal story. We don’t know enough about her to say “be like Noah’s wife!”, and that’s not the point. But, we do see God’s people trusting God, acting in faith on His promises, and most importantly, we see that God is trustworthy! That’s why we’re sitting in Genesis 6-8 (and Psalms and 1 Peter!) today—to learn that God is faithful.

      Grateful for the opportunity to read these passages together!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

      • TammyH

        What you said here is completely true and I agree with. And I did read every day and I do know what your theme and goal is in this study. However, the author wrote this devotional does assume some character traits about Noah’s wife that can not be proven by the text. I would hope that she is right for Noah’s wife’s sake. And regardless I can learn much about God and myself through meditating on the trials and joys God called her to endure.

      • Hesaved83

        Kaitlin @ SRT,

        I believe the wording should be changed when writing the aforementioned things you’ve stated. If it’s not in the Bible the author should write “in my opinion, I believe, I feel, though it’s not mentioned in the Bible…we can surmise, etc.” Maybe this will help alleviate confusion on the future. Thanks! :)

      • rgcash

        Yes, reading God's word teaches us about what He is doing. So why make up things that are neither stated or implied in the text nor even accurate in any way. Reading this devotional left me wondering about the purpose of the article. For instance, the author referred to Mrs. Noah as the new Eve! She was not in any way a new Eve!
        "She is the new Eve. She is the new mother of the world. God taught a whole new Eve how to “be still and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7), and she became God’s fresh start for womanhood." She did not become a fresh start for women. She never had another child. There were three other women who came through the flood who became the mothers who repopulated the earth after the flood. I can find no principle to learn from something that is patently wrong. So why include it? James 3:1 tells us that teachers will receive a stricter judgement. Those who read these devotionals may or may not be very familiar with the passages from the bible and may take as truth what is stated. The name of the devotional site "She Reads Truth" leads those who participate to assume that they are being fed truth. I believe it is your responsibility to do that. All the truths we can glean from this passage we see from Noah and his obedience to do something that had never been done before because God told him to. Much to be learned from the passage, yes, but just not from Noah's wife.

    • Bonnie

      It is worth noting that God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, but He is most certainly active throughout the whole story. It takes reading into the context to find Him there, just like it takes reading into the context of Genesis to gain an understanding of Noah’s wife.

      • Hesaved83

        Bonnie, I disagree because God’s nature is stated elsewhere in the Bible so we can see Him in the Book of Esther, whereas, Noah’s wife is not!

  • What a woman of faith in her husband! I also believe she was a fine example of leadership, trust and perseverance to her three daughters in law.

  • As I was reading the scripture and then the post, I started hitting down words to describe Noah’s wife. Patient: to wait while Noah built the ark and see God’s plan, obedient; to follow her husband and God, fear; at the length of time it was taking to build the ark and the friends she was losing because of “crazy Noah,” lonely; she didn’t have the luxury of girlfriends to see this through, abide; with God first and foremost and with Noah.
    We are called to cling to God and trust Him. This was a big area of trust that was required of her. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about her perspective before. Did she nag or support Noah? Did she encourage his calling? Did she pour out her heart to God when times were tough? I tend to look at people of the Old Testament and think “I would never…,” and then God gently reminds me that I not a superhero of the faith. I’ve been humbled more than a few times. I pray, I could be of strong heart, supportive of my beloved’s calling and abide with the One that holds it all in His hand.

  • What a beautiful story of patience. 120 years – WOW! What faithfulness. As I’m experiencing my own waiting season, I needed to hear this message today. A reminder that God will provide – in His time. Although I’ve known Noah’s story since I was young, I’ve never really thought about his wife and her heart’s experience. May I, in my waiting, be like Noah’s wife.
    God is within her. || She will not fall. {Psalms 46:5}

  • Courtney

    I so needed to hear this today! We are (oh so impatiently) waiting to hear back from my husband’s dream job interview. I’ve been on pins and needles all week. Last night, Josh told me that he’d done his very best and that he’ll land his dream job if it’s within the Lord’s plan for our life and that we needed to be still and know that God is sovereign, regardless of the outcome. How my heart struggled to hear those words! I’m so glad for the affirmation I received today and I’ll continue being still.

  • In this passage we know so little of the details, and yet the inferences and the assumptions are so powerful! How wonderful it is to know that sometimes, often, when life is confusing and changing and we’re stuck in the middle without any control (scariest thought ever) that He really does have an incredible plan anf purpose.

  • Carolyn J

    Waiting and trusting in God to work His plan out in His timing – not mine – and not losing the faith when things don't work out in my timing. What an example of faith and patience we see in Noah's wife. I'm struggling with patience at this moment, for the past couple months, and anxiety has returned over the past few weeks as I get stressed out. I've tried to follow God and seek His word for what direction to take, but things still don't seem to be working out – must mean that this isn't supposed to work out right now (We're trying to buy a house and have hit SEVERAL road blocks). But WHY? Why can't I have a house of my own? Why not now? Why all these struggles? Not just now, but for a few years now, on and off, our entire marriage, we can look back and see the times we struggled, or the times we were told "no, you're not eligible to buy a house right now." WHY? I'm not good at waiting either, not for a couple months, or a year even. So frustrating – BUT imaging waiting for 120 years for the ark to be built!! Then another year ON the boat – goodness gracious. Definitely an example of faith, and patience. Sometimes we just have to wait.

    God's plans are not our plans, and his thoughts are not our thoughts. So also, his timing is NOT OUR timing. WE have to get used to this!

  • It’s amazing we never really know Noah’s wife real name, yet she became the new mother of the Earth. Noah’s wife shows us true submission to her husband. She trusted his leadership. I can admit that I don’t always trust my husband’s leadership. I hope God opens my eyes and heart.

    Waiting patiently on the Lord. Whew. Something I know I don’t do well. Thinking my way is the best way. How sad is tmst thought.

  • What sticks out to me… She had to be a woman willing to lay down her own personal desires to follow the lead of her husband even if she did not understand. She trusted God to lead him and she followed his lead.

  • This is the perfect illustration for when we need to trust what God tells us to do/wait for even if we don't understand what's happening. When bad things happen in our lives, a lot of people want to ask why God did it or allowed it to happen. God doesn't bring bad things into our lives because He is good and nothing evil can come from good. BUT He can use that bad thing for our good. I imagine Mrs. Noah wanted to wring her husband's neck on more than one occasion! But what strikes me the most about this story is that EVERYONE EXCEPT Noah's family died in the flood. This means that Noah and his wife and sons DID go out and witness about God because Noah's daughters-in-law shared their faith in God and they came from the same people who refused to hear Noah's warning.
    We should always be willing to talk to others about our Mighty God and Precious Savior because, while we may only reach 3 souls out of hundreds. those souls are so worth it!

  • Normaeck

    I find it interesting that "Mrs. Noah" has no name. We often feel that it is important for people to know our name, makes us feel loved, needed wanted. We like to hear our name spoken. But this woman of faith has no name for us to remember her by, just her faith and patience. I would like to think maybe her name was Faith or Patience or Grace.

  • Wait and obey. Obey and wait. You will not understand what is going on around you and it will be scary. But be still, trust that I am handling things. Trust that I will protect you. Trust that I am working to cleanse you and the world around you. There will come a time when it is accomplished, but that time is not now. I give you work to do in the meantime. Do your part while I do mine. Trust me. I got this.

  • LaurieEW

    I was once told not to pray for patience, because trials would have to come to prove that I have it. I can't imagine over 100 years of working with family, and living in the evil world. Kudos to Mrs. Noah. Can't say I would have held up to that.

  • msarabia

    I think about the 120 years and how it's hard for me to wait 10 days for anything, especially something that has been promised. The conversations that must have taken place in those years. The back and forth between spouses. Their faith is evident of how much greater our faith, and trust, in Him must be.

    • Jillanna

      Not only their faith, but their perseverance amazes me! In this age of automaticity we want everything NOW! What a beautiful example of being still and knowing that He is God! What a beautiful example of a marriage that refuses to give up.

  • What a poignant reminder: in the middle of the storm, let your fears and uncertainties blow away with the raging winds and remember to turn to Him. Only He will calm your storm. Thank you SRT, definitely needed this today!

  • Thankful for this study today. I have a difficult husband who is disliked currently by most of my family. Would I have been a trusting and faithful wife like Noah's? I think as I sit this morning, the answer would be no. For sure. And I think that's because I am so doubtful of my husband, and believing that he is guiding our family based on the leading of God in his heart, or just his own plan and convictions. Does anyone struggle with this?

    Praying that my husband is listening to God's guidance whether I know it or not. And that his walk with Christ would deepen and grow so that the answer to this question would become obvious to me and everyone we know. Praying that I can learn to doubt him less and feel more secure in our journey in this life together.

    • ~ B ~

      Prayerful that God opens your heart here. Marriage is a favorite place of the enemy to reside. He finds unique and wonderful ways to pin us against one another and trusting that our husband are capable of leading us is most definitely one of them. I understand entirely what you speak of, on all levels. My husband and I just discussed this last night. I will be prayerful today that God brings peace to you, that He leads your husband and that you both hear with great clarity His voice over all others! ~ B

    • Amber

      Sloane I know exactly how you feel. I struggle with submission to my husband because I do not trust he’s seeking God. But what I have learned is that I must simply Trust God. Knowing all things work for God’s glory and our good! God is for marriage, He created it, so if we are patient and trust Him He will bring forth healing. Sloane, I will lift up your sweet family in prayer!!

    • Kathi

      Sloane – I can relate! I am currently praying, supporting and practicing patience as my husband struggles with the closing of a business. It is not the first time we have faced this situation. The burden it places upon his shoulders and psyche, not to mention the financial strain can be overwhelming and we all feel it! Go to the Lord often in prayer and He will give the grace, peace and strength to love your husband well. My commitment to my husband before God is something I draw upon often and have often felt the Lord asking me, "If you cannot love your husband as I love you, then who?" It is this question that encourages me to press down the opinion of family, friends and the world and persevere in my commitment to my husband. It has been an amazing testament to our children who are old enough now to truly understand this struggle, but to also witness the love of Christ in this commitment. I will lift you and your husband up in prayer!

  • This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Wait patiently on theLord. He knows what he’s doing know matter how crazy it seems.

  • drshanwalks

    Wow Noah's wife equals patience! "Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not undrstand, but they waited on the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength." Rebecca Faires How many times has God put me in a holding pattern where I had to wait patiently? This used to be a frustrating state for me, but I have learned that when the proper time comes, I am always blessed beyond measure. I am coming out of one of those watiting periods now. He spoke a word a year ago that is just now coming true this week. I am happy to say this time my patience was better, not perfect but better. I am excited to see where He will take me next. Yes I am a little scared, but I take comfort in Him. I have learned to be comfortable with the stilllness and silence as I continue to learn to wait patiently for Him.

  • Love this story! This new perspective is a beautiful way of looking at it. Their 120 years of patience puts our waiting into a distinct context. While many of my seasons have felt like 120 years, in truth, I've got nothing on Noah's family. I really appreciate the idea of Noah's wife as the new eve, I hadn't considered that before. Great to remember God's promises through this story that although we may be terrified, our rains always end. ~ B

  • It’s a different perspective to think of Noah’s story through his wife’s eyes. I’m sure she had to think he was crazy at some point like the rest of the world. But isn’t it amazing what can happen when you trust God? When you wait 120 years!!! That’s a long time to be still and know that He is God, but look at the result! God will take care of us today amidst our own floods and will bring us to solid and dry ground with a strengthened faith if we only let him control our boat!

  • Love this! Noah’s wife as the new Eve. Trusting the Lord in the middle of our storm. Needed BOTH reminders this morning.

  • Charlotte

    I've never thought about how afraid Noah's wife must have been. I could imagine how she cried after this was over and her feet touched ground. Like I do when a crisis is over and I can breathe again. Tears of relief.

  • I am loving the connection between the flood and baptism, had never really put the two together. Makes perfect sense.

    • Janet

      Would love for you to explain. Thanks Brisa.

      • Miranda H

        Hi Janet! It was a part of the reading- 1 Peter 3:21 ☺️

        • Janet

          I know that but was looking for a little bit more than that answer. Will look elsewhere.

      • Brisa

        That’s right Miranda- the Lord washed away the sin during the flood, when we accept Jesus and are baptized, Holy Spirit washes us! Yay!

    • Rhonda

      I noticed that too, and had never thought about it that way. To be completely immersed and consumed by the water is so symbolic of our walk with God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit.

  • To stand behind my husband in every decision that he makes for our family as he walk with God and obey His instructions… To make him feel that I believe and trust him even when the people around see some of his decisions (in obedience to God) as ridiculous, instead of insisting my own ideas, trying to manipulate or take control…. To keep obeying God, keep believing God, even when it doesn't seem to make sense!

    I didn't expect that Noah's wife will be included in this study! Very timely for me as my husband and I enter a new season of our lives… There's a part of me that fears the transition, the changes… but whenever I go to God's Word every morning, He always assures me that my husband is abiding in Him, seeking Him… so I need not to fear… He is guiding him all the way through.. I only need to Be Still and keep on praying that he will continue to be more and more sensitive to God's leading..

    • Kelly_Smith

      M–the principle of following my husband as he walks with God is what struck me when I studied this passage a few weeks ago. Faith in God is woven through submission; it is the thread that gives it strength. My thoughts on Noah's wife: http://mrsdisciple.com/following-noah/ Praying for you as you follow your husband into new places.

    • ~ B ~

      I thought of this too. It occurred to me what a beautiful blessing of a wife she must have been and begs the question, of our respect in the modern day of our husbands. It's a good tool for examine our hearts in our relationships. Prayers for you and your husband and you guys deal with transition and change! ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      I really struggle with this…..

      • Kelly_Smith

        Me, too! That struggle started in the Garden and all of us sisters have been struggling with it ever since! Even this morning taking my husband to work we argued over what lane to get in. Come on, Kelly–let go of the fruit, girl!

  • I’m the worst at waiting. Whining and complaining like a child.

  • Yeh I struggle with patience. I certainly need more of it and pray for it often. Lord, help me to lift my eyes to You.

    • ~ B ~

      Ah, this reminds me of something a friend said to me years ago, in a really rough and terrible season. She asked, "Have you prayed for patience a lot, because God is giving you many opportunities to grow it." It made me look at it so differently. He grew it in me and I am quite sure He will grow it in you too! ~ B

  • carlybenson

    Today's definitely a day when I am full of questions rather than answers. First of all I don't understand why God flooded the earth in the first place. Noah was good but he wasn't perfect so this wasn't going to wipe out sin and God knew that so why? He promised after the flood never to do it again even though people's thoughts were evil since childhood so what did it actually achieve and why was that generation's sin punished so harshly when others are not? I also don't understand the part in 1 Peter about Jesus preaching to the spirits in prison- does that mean they got another chance to repent later on?

    • Amy Martin

      Great questions Carly! I read through the whole Bible for the first time last year and really struggled with a lot of the stories in the Old Testament. I could see that the God of the Old Testament was very different from the God of the New Testament. I struggled to understand a lot of the stories with such horrendous violence and how God would not show mercy on His people in many of those stories. I’ll be interested to hear what they say to your comment. I think that there are always going to be some things about God that are hard to understand. I think He’s a mysterious God. But with all that said, I want you to know that it’s okay to struggle with things, have doubts, have questions, etc.! :)

      • Lyle

        “Now these things [stories of the children of Israel] took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭6‬ ESV) Amy, it’s so great that you have read through the whole Bible! I hope you will allow your questions to drive you into even more study of God’s Word! The New Testament and the incredible grace & mercy of God would be without meaning if we didn’t have the Old Testament to show us how badly we fall short and need Jesus. How truly horrific the consequences of sin are. How holy is our God. He is a consuming fire. Many of the stories in the Old Testament are not pretty, but then neither is our sin. And God continually gave His people the chance to repent. It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. I think he probably warned people continually and preached repentance to anyone who would listen. If anyone of that time had repented, I believe God would have allowed him or her on the ark. He is the same God in both the Old and New Testaments. He shows mercy to any who repent. I can’t think of an example in the Old Testament of someone who sincerely turned to God, and He refused to show mercy. I love reading the Old Testament and seeing Jesus in those stories, in the foreshadowing of the Messiah to come. The great hope that God promised. In our story today, the Flood shows His power; the rainbow His great love and mercy as He set down His mighty bow.

      • carlybenson

        Thanks Amy. I agree- there will always be things about God that are beyond our understanding and I accept that. My questions aren't really coming from a place of doubt, just trying to understand more.

    • Dana

      Carly I have often read stories and come across questioning “why would God do that”. It’s part of being a theologian :). We may sometimes never understand but God knows better than you and I and all of His people’s questions. It’s hard when we have questions that don’t get answered but that’s where Faith activates and we just know what Gods word says is true and he does things for the Good of His people and creation although a giant flood to wipe out humanity doesn’t always sit well with us and leaves us wondering “why?” lol myself included.

    • Jaime

      My favorite part about this study is how Old Testament scripture and New Testament Scripture are placed side by side. Often the Bible is read as "stories", but it is meant to be read as a complete work. Every "story" corresponds to another "story". While I'm not a biblical scholar by any means I had a lot of questions about the violence seen in the Old Testament when I first read through the Bible in it's entirety. We know that the punishment for sin is death- while today we take this to mean a spiritual death, before Christ it was a spiritual death and a physical death. But we serve a merciful God and Romans 10:16 tells us that God decides who to show mercy to.

      I take all of that to mean that everyone deserved to die in the flood- including Noah's family. But God found favor with Noah and chose to be merciful to him. Yes, everyone still has evil thoughts and we cannot change that, but God chose to be merciful to future generations and not destroy them. They were punished in other ways (sometimes including death), but the human race as a whole was never destroyed again. Now because ofJesus we never have to experience spiritual death. But we still suffer from our sin-we are not free from bad consequences.

      I think your question about Peter is a common one. The footnote in my Bible says that verse is one of the most misunderstood.

    • Kelly_Smith

      You have great, deep questions, Carly. Consider this thought as you ponder these questions: The flood is a beautiful (although frightening) picture of God's grace and the coming of Christ. We are all full of the sin nature. Noah is not excluded from this sinful nature. God is righteous and just and must punish sin (as we saw in the Garden yesterday). The consequence for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Even in judgement, God provides a way out for those who call on His name. In the flood, God provided a boat for any who believed (only Noah and his family). In the New Testament, God provides Jesus. All who entered the boat were saved, just as all who call on the name of Jesus will be saved. In each instance, God offers a covenant to His people. A rainbow and a promise to never destroy the earth with flood waters and a new covenant of an eternity with our God. While the flood doesn't make perfect sense through human reasoning, God's ways are higher than ours. He acts today with the future in mind. Faith holds on to that and believes, even when we don't understand.

    • Lyle

      It’s a children’s book, but the Jesus Storybook Bible encourages me to see Jesus in the Old Testament. Throughout each of those stories, the author reminds us of how badly we need a Rescuer. Many times in the Old Testament, God temporarily delivers His people. But for them and for us to be able to spend eternity in heaven, we need the perfect, final, ultimate deliverance from sin through Christ’s sacrifice. The Old Testament provides so many pictures and examples for us–not always easy comfortable ones, but examples to continually reveal our great need to be rescued.

    • Candacejo

      Carly, I'm not a scholar either but I think that one of the things that makes this passage difficult is trying to put it in a current time setting when it is really talking about a previous time, Noah's time. That God, through Noah, was ministering to the "spirits in prison", for their SOULS, not their fleshly bodies. We HAVE spirits but we are NOT spirits, we have SOULS. And that prison was that they were imprisoned in the flesh, not a literal prison and not Hell as we think of. For the 120 year duration of time that God gave Noah the plan for the ark until the flood came, and of course before, but being referenced here, God was ministering to the souls of man through his prophet Noah. And yet the message is also for us today…how patient, how longsuffering is our God for His children.

      There was never a delusion on God's part that the flood would wipe away sin, we are born into sin and that did not change. It might be looked at as an attempt to get humanity to turn back to God and their need of Him. And it still serves as a call to us today that all of us, whether individual or collectively, will ultimately face the judgment of God. Everything in the Bible did not happen for just that particular moment in time, they are "ensamples" as the KJV says, examples, lol, for us. And as SRT has pointed out so beautifully lately, it ALL points to our need for a Savior!! Amen!

      I've been studying this all morning, and am intrigued. Going to see if I can seek out some godly men and pastors to get their thoughts as well. Adam Clarke's commentary makes the most sense so far. ♥

      • carlybenson

        Thanks, that explanation makes a lot of sense of the 1 Peter passage- so it's talking about Jesus' Spirit, the Holy Spirit, preaching to those people through Noah at the time when Noah was building the boat. That's not how I was reading it at all- I thought it meant after Jesus had risen from the dead which is why I was confused. I've looked at different translations of the Bible and some (like the NIV) do make it sound like that, but others fit with your explanation which makes a lot more sense over all.

        • Candacejo

          I sure don't want to confuse anyone. I have been speaking with a missionary/pastor today about it and his take is totally different. That's why I said I would keep searching…I was just giving some of Clarke's commentary take and it made some sense to me. I am in a conference right now but will try to explain it here in a little while ♥

    • carlybenson

      Thank you all for taking the time to respond- I really appreciate it and your answers have given me a lot to think about. I agree that we need to think of Old Testament stories together with what we know of Jesus from the New Testament. I'm not doubting God- I know that he is far beyond my understanding. I'm just trying to understand better and this means asking the awkward questions sometimes, so thanks for your patience. It has been helpful- I think the 1 Peter passage makes some kind of sense to me for the first time ever- and anything that makes us look deeper into the Bible can't be bad.
      The more I look though the more questions get raised- it doesn't seem that it can have taken Noah 120 years to build the ark if you look at Genesis 5:32 along with Genesis 7:6, but I realise the exact number of years doesn't take away from the overall point.

  • Ashley A

    This passage sings to my heart! What a perfect example of Noah and his wife’s trust in God, and His almighty strength and guidance!
    On a smaller scale, I once heard a saying trust in God is like headlights on a car: they don’t always shine so bright that you see all the way to your end destination, but just brightly enough to guide you to the next place right in front of you. How humbling to think we trust our headlights enough to drive 70 mph in the dark without giving it second thought, but we worry or become impatient if God doesn’t reveal His entire plan all at once.
    So many times God has been the light in my life and I need to always remember that His guidance and wisdom is far superior than anything I could ever conjure. Praise to our almighty Father!

    • CJHakes

      I like the headlight analogy – storing it away for use later! Thank you!

    • Candacejo

      Love! Just bright enough to guide us to the next place…grace for every day, mercy every morning. Amen. ♥

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Love this analogy!

    • Braionna

      I LOVE the analogy! I have a lead foot, so driving 70 mph in the dark and trusting those headlights, yet wavering when it comes to trusting God really hit home. Thank you for the additional insight. I can't imagine being Noah's wife and waiting so patiently. The obedience and devotion she had for her husband and family really speaks volumes to her.

    • Kim

      I've thought this too especially when reading "Your word is a lamp unto my feet." I imagine a lamp would show just enough ground to take the next step.

    • judi

      Thank you, Ashley for the example with the headlights.

      Our life has been a time of waiting …. especially since 2011 (which began as one spinal cord surgery to remove a tumour) leaving me without both 'plumbing functions'. then in 2013 I needed a 2nd spinal cord tumour removed (this time malignancy), followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Most of 2013 was discovering who the new me is. I am determined (by His grace) to come through the storm (though I have, in tears, cried to be taken from the storm). Fellowship has been so sweet these past years. But the waiting is hard. The days when I have the most peace are the days when I 'just nestle' and not wrestle. I SO want to have HIM be seen in me. I do have a reason to say that I can still trust HIM and that He is good. I blow it on the days when pain overtakes me and I can do nothing else. Now my husband has health challenges of his own. We are in the storm together. He is our only provision.

    • judi

      Thank you for sharing the illustration of the headlights. That's all we have right now. Our life has been a time of waiting …. especially since 2011 (which began as one spinal cord surgery to remove a tumour) leaving me without both 'plumbing functions' and some right leg and foot deficit and pain. In 2013 I needed a 2nd spinal cord tumour removed (this time malignancy), followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Most of 2014 was discovering who the new me is. I am determined (by His grace) to come through the storm (though I have, in tears, cried to be taken out of the storm). Fellowship has been so sweet these past years. But the waiting is hard. The days when I have the most peace are the days when I 'just nestle' and not wrestle. I do have a reason to say that I can still trust HIM and that He is good. I blow it on the days when pain overtakes me and I forget to remember "one step at a time". Now my husband has health challenges of his own. We are in the storm together. HE is our only provision.

      • Jamie

        Judi…your story tugged at my heart today. I love that through all your trials you are still desiring to have Him be seen in you. Your heart is beautiful. Bless you and your husband. May God give you both grace and strength to face each day.

  • melindawatters

    She didn't have much time to be still and patiently wait before the LORD, but she must have felt overwhelmed many times, at the enormity of what God asked of them, and at His incredible salvation. Her example challenges me to obey even when I have no words, no precedent for what God is asking of me.

    Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength.

    Waiting patiently before the Lord. Waiting and walking in obedience when it all doesn't make sense. I do not do this well. I get restless. I give over to anger and frustration. I question. I demand. I beg and plea. I doubt. I crave full understanding. I want to know. I have really been convicted of these unbelieving behavviors. I look back with regret. I am so thankful that God keeps pursuing me and keeps teaching me, drawing to Him showing how to walk full of faith. All glory to Him today as I pack up my house today prepearing all ourbelongings to travel by ship across the Atlantic!

    • german_janne

      What a perfect reading at the start of your crucial day, Melinda! :) Wishing you a peaceful heart when you escort your family to a future yet unknown. I´m sure God´s already waiting with many blessings in store for you in that far away place. Greetz from the other side of the Atlantic, Janne :)

    • Candacejo

      Praying for you and your family today for safe travels and calm hearts ♥

  • Stephanie R.

    Great new perspective on "waiting" for God. At a retreat I went to recently, one speaker asked how we as humans thought we were so far ahead of God that we had to "wait" for him. That was a reality check for me, and I'm sure others. We sometimes get caught up waiting for God to show up and do something crazy awesome. Today's reading encouraged me to remember that we aren't to waste our lives "waiting", rather we should be comforted in the peace that comes when we truly live and love in Christ.

    • Zuriel

      I don't think it's that we think we're so far ahead of God that we have to wait on Him. It's more that we are so stubborn that we go on without Him. Sometimes we think we know better than Him, or we're impatient and want things in our timing.

      I love your point about, "remember that we aren't to waste our lives "waiting", rather we should be comforted in the peace that comes when we truly live and love in Christ." We often get stuck waiting for the one thing we think will make our lives better (husband, kids, job, etc.), instead of living and serving God now. His plan may be different than we think, and we should peacefully follow the path that is before us NOW instead of waiting on the one we think should open up.

      Maybe that's what the speaker meant? We think we're so far ahead of God that we'll just sit and wait til our plans for our lives open up instead of moving now on His plans. Ha. What silly people we are. :-) We miss out on so many blessings by waiting on the things we think will make our lives complete.

      I'm kind of rambling now, but here's my final example. Our son was stillborn 10 years ago, and I haven't been able to have a viable pregnancy since. For years, it hurt to be around children. A couple of years ago, I started working with preschoolers in Sunday school and teens in Youth. This ache that I was waiting to be filled by my own womb is being healed by sharing the love of Christ with other people's children. I missed out on so many years of blessings! And I missed out on blessing others.

      Love in Christ – Zuri

      • MNmomma (heather)

        Oh my Zuri – your words spoke to me today…..thank you so very much for sharing…..xo

    • Karen Bradley

      “we have to wait for God to catch up” The picture I see is walking with small children who run ahead but have no idea where they are running to! Eventually they come to a place where they need to stop and wait to be told what the next step is. I’m trying to learn to walk with Him, understanding that being with Him is the best use of my time today.

      • Sarah Kirkpatrick

        I love this example Karen! I can so see this in myself your words paint such a beautiful picture.

    • Mandy E.

      Reality check indeed! I’ve never thought about “waiting” from that perspective.

  • Patience. This is a virtue that I often struggle with. Whether it’s during my work as a nanny or my spirituality, patience is something I am always working on. God’s plan for my life is a mystery to me. I pray that I can be patient and trust in him always. As I read these passages each day I am overcome with so many different emotions. At times I feel joyful, realizing how great God’s love for me is, but other times I feel as confused and scared as Noah’s wife must have felt because of how much I do not know. I think this just means that I need to be patient with myself as well. This is just what I needed! Thanks SRT!

  • Antimony

    Again, fear. Told not to fear. To wait on God. To trust Him. Rest in Him. Obey Him. Don’t get anxious and fearful and restless. Just stop and wait on Him. This is so opposite what my restless crazy heart does. Stopping hurts. Resting gives me time to think. Thinking is a mess. I would be the one saying, “honey? God told you to do what? You know … it’s awfully hot. Maybe you should drink some water. Or Gatorade. I think you’re dehydrated”. Good old nurse in me wants to treat everything physically. But she listened. And waited. And God did what He said He was going to do.

  • Often in scripture the men are only identified, Noah and his son’s all have names but their wives do not. The women were as much a part of the building of the Ark and subsequent flood as the men.

    • Anne W.

      Tanya,
      I’ve noticed this too. I wonder why this is? It feels odd that we would study Noah’s wife when she was barely mentioned in the bible. One thing I did take away from Noah’s wife was that she was one of the few saved by God, she was brave enough to stand by her husband for years as the ark was built, and she was strong enough to begin again. If we are talking about patience, she sure had a lot of it! While I wish she was more represented in the bible, I am not sorry we have decided to discuss her.

      • CJHakes

        I'm only too aware of this as well – in this passage though Noah's sons are not named so this kind of makes me feel like it was the family of Noah – like today we would say 'the Smith familly' – and perhaps there is equality of sorts in that. They are 'team Noah' united in their 120 year long construction project!

        • Elizabeth

          His son's are named: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. But I agree with the rest being about The Noah Family. They didn't have last names back then, they were identified by their father's, their father's father, and so on.

      • churchmouse

        It was a patriarchal society. Men ruled and women were seen primarily as property. Praise God that Jesus elevated the role and view of women. Also, to me, even though Noah’s wife isn’t mentioned by name, she was not insignificant. She was still participating in God’s work and plan for the world. We may be overlooked by others but never by God. He sees! He knows each of our names! How awesome is that?! And, sweet sisters, that’s all the recognition we need!

    • erikachamberland

      I think that this is significant of the marriage relationship!! When two people are married, they become ONE FLESH, so they cease to be two separate people any longer. It could be argued that then maybe they should be defined by the woman and not the man, but that isn't how God set it up. Marriage is supposed to reflect the relationship of Christ to the church, and the man is supposed to sacrifice as Christ did while the woman is called to submit as the church does to Christ's will. Just as the church is called and lead by Christ, I believe a woman is called and lead by her husband (along the lines of taking his last name).

      I think it is actually really beautiful, to give yourself to another person so fully that you become a part of him! Women who aren't married (Ruth, Naomi, etc) seem to get names, but their identity gets so lost and consumed in their husband when they get married. It reminds me of John and how instead of saying "John did this" he says "The disciple Jesus loved did this." It is a signifier of the all consuming agape that goes along with marriage and with following Christ. Total surrender!!

    • Elizabeth

      Isn't it beautiful how the bible is 100% Gods word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, living and active, and he still used flawed human beings to remember history, write things down, give accounts of prophecy and events, etc?
      I agree that there are roles in our relationships with our husbands where we submit to their leadership, that it is a reflection of our relationship with Christ, BUT…it has taken thousands of years for even portions of our society to not view women as a commodity, someTHING to be owned. God uses people as He finds them, and then transforms them into a new creation. So whoever remembered/recorded the events surrounding Noah and his family just might have been a little bit sexist, just overlooking the lives of women. Or, because men and women generally worked and lived separately (I am making that assumption about pre-flood world), maybe he just didn't know anything about Noah's wife. Regardless, we are all sinful creatures who God THEN makes new through a process that is never complete here on earth. Even if the entire bible was written down through the eyes and observations of sexist men who devalued the lives and contributions of women, it is still the word of God and we can be grateful that God would use any of us in our broken state. And, on a final note; though it indeed appears sexist at many times, in the time period that the bible takes place, God's commandments for how to treat people, men and women, have been leaps and bounds ahead of how that society as a whole has valued people. People in general were viewed as commodeties, the powerful taking advantage of the weak and God has had to be VERY patient with us and he transforms our ways of living and thinking.

    • Stacey

      Sadly, in Biblical times, women were not culturally significant. ..hence the reason women were not often mentioned by name in Scripture. That is why it is so much more amazing to me that God not only used women to bring forth the Gospel, but that He also used extremely controversial women to do so! Rahab was a prostitute and is a part of the lineage of Christ! What hope that brings me. ..that God can use broken people, broken me, to do incredible things for Him!

    • Katie

      In the Hebrew bible she is given a name…. I can’t remember what it is…. But she does have a name :)

      • Melissa

        This is what I found: according to Jewish tradition her name is Naamah – the sister of Tubal-cain, a descendant of Cain, the son of Adam and Eve.

    • Katie
  • It's interesting how the story of a chosen family being carried through flood waters is a theme that winds it's way through the Bible. It repeats again in Exodus, when God brings the family of Israel through the Red Sea, and again when he brings them through the Jordan 40 years later. It continues through generations of washing at the temple to prepare to appear in God's presence, which is the basis for water baptism. Noah's wife, the new Eve, was the first woman to be believe and be baptized. She chose to partner with God and accept a very difficult assignment. She was rejected by friends and family, her family became a laughingstock, and they had to do years of grueling physical labor. But God carried her through the waters, and paved the way for us.The scriptures today reminded me of these verses:
    “Had it not been the LORD who was on our side When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us; Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul; then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”
    She didn't have much time to be still and patiently wait before the LORD, but she must have felt overwhelmed many times, at the enormity of what God asked of them, and at His incredible salvation. Her example challenges me to obey even when I have no words, no precedent for what God is asking of me.

    • Liz Walker

      What a great response. This tied up some questions I had on my mind. Thank you.

    • [email protected]

      What great insight. I wonder if Noah's wife even fully understood the weight of her submission, the colossal impact of her obedience? How could she? And then I whine about my silly little trials. No floods here, barely a trickle of rain and I'm questioning God. I wonder where he is and demand to know what the plan is in all of this. Perspective is humbling.

    • Sheri

      This is so good, Hannah! Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful insight and reminder that we are all washed clean in some way from our sinful nature and that of the ones around us!

    • judi

      Our life has been a time of waiting …. especially since 2011 (which began as one spinal cord surgery to remove a tumour) leaving me without both 'plumbing functions'. then in 2013 I needed a 2nd spinal cord tumour removed (this time malignancy), followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Most of 2013 was discovering who the new me is. I am determined (by His grace) to come through the storm (though I have, in tears, cried to be taken from the storm). Fellowship has been so sweet these past years. But the waiting is hard. The days when I have the most peace are the days when I 'just nestle' and not wrestle. I SO want to have HIM be seen in me. I do have a reason to say that I can still trust HIM and that He is good. I blow it on the days when pain overtakes me and I can do nothing else. Now my husband has health challenges of his own. We are in the storm together. He is our only provision. I want to be 'that woman' who believes.

  • What an amazing reminder to stand firm in the word of God even when we are in the minority. Even surrounded by evil and wickedness Noah was able to remain pure in heart and walk with God… All while being ridiculed and mocked. What an inspiration!

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