Genesis 7: Boundaries with God. What is asked of me?
When reading Genesis 7 we learn that all that God told Noah came to pass. We see that God was faithful and trustworthy. We also see Noah obeying all that God told him to do:
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Noah had built the ark and was now leading the animals to enter the way God had outlined. I recently was reading out of The Chronological Life Application Study Bible (Tyndole, 2007) and an interesting point was made concerning how did all the animals gather together in the first place. There are no specific instructions or clear description of how all the animals came together for Noah. The key here is that there did not need to be clear instructions because that was not a responsibility God gave to Noah. Instead, God took care of those details.
Sometimes we worry about the items in our lives or others’ lives where we feel there are not clear instructions. We worry about how certain things will come to be instead of concentrating on what we have responsibility and/or control over (i.e. our responses, attitudes, communication, etc.). Noah overall had clear and healthy boundaries with God in this scene. Noah focused on what God asked of him and did not worry about the rest.
Are there certain items in your life that you are concerned about?
How will it work out?
What will happen next?
What do I need to do?
I want to encourage you to take a step back and put into place what we learn from Noah. Concentrate on what you know the Lord has asked of you (i.e. kind communication, not to worry or be fearful, pray to God about your needs, etc.) and do not concentrate on the other items. Those items God fully knows about and has the plan already in place. God is faithful and trustworthy!
Kelly Saylor is a licensed Christian counselor that specializes in marriage and family counseling and mental health counseling. She is also the co-founder of SureHope Counseling & Training Center and offers trainings to individuals, couples, churches and church staffs. If you would like to learn more or have any further questions you can reach Kelly Saylor at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 980-272-8180.