"What sail shall discover the winds? What rudder find our course? The breath of the Lord God shall divide the waves - and His hand only, lead us into safety."
(From the film, "The Bible... In the Beginning")
One of my favorite depictions of the story of Noah comes from the 1966 Dino
DeLaurentiis production called The Bible... In the Beginning, directed by John Huston. In the film, Huston actually portrays Noah in a moving, ample performance. His depiction of the patriarch is much like I imagine him, especially in the scene where a dove sent out by Noah brings back to him a freshly-plucked olive leaf, alerting the
faithful eight to the existence of dry land. Noah's wife and his sons and their wives are so stoked at the prospect of standing once more upon the earth, one son pipes out the suggestion to "build a rudder and a sail so we can find land..."
To his words, father Noah offers solemn rebuke, uttering the awesome quote
highlighted above. Amen!
Dear ones, the same God Whose hand has brought you through every trial and
tribulation of life will not back out when your ship finally strikes land. No way! You have no need to construct your own guidance systems or remedies to any situation, ever - for just as Huston's God-inspired utterance through "Noah" exclaimed, the Breath of the Lord God shall divide the waves... and His Hand only lead us into safety. Who is the Breath of God? None other than sweet, precious HOLY SPIRIT! Hallelujah!
Hang on through the end, beloved! God will bring you out! Hold on, dear ones! God will see you through the end of every mission, every assignment, and every circumstance you undertake on His behalf. We have His promise that He Who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it unto the day of Christ's return, just as scripture declares in Philippians 1:6.
Never attempt taking matters into your own hands, but TRUST HIS BREATH to lead the ship of your life's journey into safety. He can and He will... for He is Faithful. Amen!
(Originally published July 18, 2013)
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