13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.
Genesis 8:13-19, NKJV
Time to Go Home
Finally, after over a year, the earth was dry. Though the ark had been a place of safety and security, it was now time to go home. It was time for Noah, his family, and all of the animals to return to the earth.
Wouldn't you have loved to be able to watch the scene unfold as first the humans and then all of the animals walked out of the ark? As they looked around, what did they see? They saw the blue sky, the green grass and trees, flowers were in bloom, and the warm sunshine brought hope to all of them. The animals must have scampered with joy at being released from their captivity.
How huge the earth must have seemed, and how small they must have felt. Only eight humans were alive and only two of each kind of animal. With such a small beginning, they were assigned the duty of populating and caring for the earth.
How have they done? Here we are a few thousand years later and one of our concerns is over-population. From such a small beginning, we have millions of people alive today on this earth and an unnumbered variety of animals, birds, and creeping things.
In one sense, we could think of our time on this earth as being like that time when Noah and his family were all on the ark. This earth is not our true home, just like the ark was not their true home. Though it provided a place of safety and security for them during the time of the flood, yet when the earth was dried, they returned to the earth.
By the decree of God, we are alive on this earth. From before the beginning of time, God has decreed our beginning and our end. While on this earth, we have a job to do. Noah and his family were kept quite busy, while on the ark, caring for all of the animals, birds, and creatures. We, as children of God, have been specifically created by God and specially prepared to do the work He has created for us to do.
It is not proper for us to think too highly of ourselves and our abilities, for these abilities have been given to us by God. What a wonderful thought to know that God has a specific purpose for us. We are not here by chance, and we are not here for just our own pleasure or enjoyment.
May each of us find ourselves busily doing the job God has given to us to do. Yet, let us never forget that someday we will reach that moment in time when it is time to go to our true home in heaven. What a wonderful day that will be. How we look forward to that time when we will be reunited with our dear friends and family who have gone before. How wonderful it will be to meet these Bible characters with whom we are so familiar.
Let us, then, cheerfully go forth this day in the joy of the Lord doing the work He has given to us to do. May we faithfully serve the Lord until it is time for us, too, to go home!
God Bless You,