In our study of Genesis chapter eight, we will look at the end of the flood and the significance of the birds as well as the promise of God. We will see that this promise applies to our lives today just as much as it did to Noah.
"But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky." NIV translation
As we saw in chapter 7, the flood waters covered the earth for one hundred fifty days. After forty days, God shut off the water but it took quite a bit of time for the waters to go down. If it had not been for God's love, He could have simply let the waters continue to cover the earth but He remembered Noah and the animals that He had created. It is this love that brought an end to the judgment that was upon the earth and it is this same love that brings our salvation.
"The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat." NIV translation
At the end of this period, the ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat which are located in the modern country of Turkey. In recent years, remains of the ark have been found in eastern Turkey.
"The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible." NIV translation
Even after the bottom of the ark touched the mountain top, it took almost another three months for the waters to go down enough for Noah to see mountaintops. This is a reminder to us that, even while we may not see a huge amount of progress, God is still at work and, in His time, we will see what He has been doing.