Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” – Genesis 8:15-17
If it weren’t for the ark then Noah, his family, and all of the animals would have perished in the flood. Noah’s faith in God led him to make preparations for and to move into something that would protect him and transition him into the next season.
But when the waters receded and the ground was ready, it was time for Noah and the others to move out of the ark, and into the earth. God had multiplication, growth and prosperity on His mind – and the ark, as important as it was for the season they’d been in, couldn’t hold them for what God was calling them into.
In the same way, we go through seasons and there’s times when we’re ‘battened down’ and ‘hiding’ in the grace of God while storms blow through our lives. In these moments it’s easy to develop a ‘seige mentality’ – wondering where the next attack or disaster will come from. But at it’s best a seige mentality is a maintenance mentaility – it’s not a growth mentality. There has to be a change in our outlook, in our vision, in our faith – to move us out of our own ‘arks’ and into the promises of God.
It’s a new season for Noah, and perhaps to encourage him to take the step – God gives him a promise… that He will never destroy the whole earth by flooding it again. He gives Noah His word that the season has absolutely changed and it won’t go back to how it was.
Noah believed God the first time, and built an ark. How important it was that Noah believed God the second time! Otherwise he could have found himself living out of the ark… just in case. How many people in our world have been through a traumatic experience, and cannot transition into a new season because they’re holding on to their old ark… just in case? That which once protected them becomes their prison. That which once saved their life now serves to limit them.
God gives us His great and precious promises to coax us out of where we have been, so that He can bring us into a fruitful and blessed place. That’s His intention and goal.