6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. 7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. 8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.
Genesis 8:6-12, NKJV
A Resting Place
If you will remember, Noah and his family had reached the tenth month in the ark before the mountain tops began to be visible. Now, 40 days later, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven which continued to fly back and forth until the waters dried up. He also sent out a dove to see if the waters had truly receded. However, the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned into the ark.
Noah waited another seven days. This time, the dove did not return until the evening, and she returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf. Not only was the earth beginning to dry, but the trees were growing. Noah waited another seven days and sent the dove out. This time, the dove no longer returned to the ark.
What a beautiful picture the dove paints for us. When she was finally able to find a resting place for the soul of her foot, she no longer returned to the ark. This thought has been beautifully pictured in the lyrics of the song, by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920), "My Faith Has Found a Resting Place."
- My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device or creed;
I trust the ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.
- Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I came to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.
- My heart is leaning on the Word,
The living Word of God,
Salvation by my Savior’s name,
Salvation through His blood.
- My great physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.
As believers, we, too, have found a resting place in the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter where we are and no matter where we go, the Lord Jesus Christ is always with us. As we lean upon Him and His Word, we are comforted, guided, and encouraged.
We, like the dove, had no place to rest our weary feet. Yet, when Christ saved us, He not only granted to us His great salvation, but He granted to us His watch care as well. There is no place on this earth where He is not to be found. We cannot hide from Him and we cannot be snatched from His care.
As we live in a world constantly at war with God, we are truly comforted by these thoughts. Like that dove, may we each find a resting place in Christ. Go to Him today for today is the day of salvation. Find in Him your joy, your peace, and your everlasting comfort.
God Bless You,