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Godly wisdom usually conforms to a biblical paradigm.

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“How to Handle What’s Next”

INTRO:
Conflicting reports, cultural wars over masks, re-opening of economies, going back to work, going back to normal.

How should we, as believers, approach the unknowns?

THESIS:

Godly wisdom usually conforms to a biblical paradigm.

Some may remember: at the beginning of this thing, we used the story/paradigm of Noah & the ark
See Gen. 6:13-18
“Some bad stuff is coming, so I want you and your family to self-quarantine.”
Remember that we saw that for Noah & his family, taking the step of self-quarantine was an act of faith, not of fear or cowardice!
How do we handle ourselves in this time when some are saying that the danger is over?
Gen. 7:11-12, 24a
New Living Translation Chapter 7

11 When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. 12 The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.

New Living Translation Chapter 7

24 And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days

This was no short-term, “shelter in safety” situation!
It rained for 40 days, it took FIVE MONTHS just for the water to recede!

The biblical paradigm, & therefore, godly wisdom, would point to a much more gradual & cautious approach to re-engagement after a crisis.

Gen. 8:3
New Living Translation Chapter 8

3 So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth. After 150 days, 4 exactly five months from the time the flood began, the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

The immediate instability was over, but Noah still had to shelter in place.
Mt. Ararat, in the Caucasus Mountain range in modern-day Turkey, is almost 17,000 ft high.
It rained so hard for a month & a half, that it took 5 mos for the water to RECEDE to 17,000 ft above sea level!!
New Living Translation Chapter 8

Two and a half months later, as the waters continued to go down, other mountain peaks became visible.

This is 8 months of being in the ark before other mountains could be seen!
Psalm 37:7a-b (NLT)
New Living Translation Psalm 37

Be still in the presence of the LORD,

and wait patiently for him to act.

New Living Translation Chapter 8

6 After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat 7 and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. 8 He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. 10 After waiting another seven days, Noah released the dove again. 11 This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. 12 He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back.

Through the window(!), Noah interacted with the external conditions & was looking for certain clues & signposts to know how things were on the outside.
He didn’t look to the news for guidance, Noah looked to the Lord!
See Jeremiah 33:3
New Living Translation Chapter 33

3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.

Then, Noah COMBINED what he gleaned scientifically with what he was getting in his spiritual interactions with the Lord.

Each person has to determine for her/himself what those “signposts” are going to be for yourself.

CDC guidelines
14 days of decline in new cases
Available vaccine
Adequate testing
etc.
New Living Translation Chapter 8

13 Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth.

We cannot get discouraged or disheartened or duped into wanting to break out because we’re tired of how things are.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
King James Version Chapter 6

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Gen. 8:13e
New Living Translation Chapter 8

Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying.

The whole time that Noah was interacting with the outside, his “covering” was still on!
It was only after he had confirmation that the external conditions were becoming safe to support & sustain life, did he remove the covering.
New Living Translation Chapter 8

14 Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry!

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Leave the boat, all of you

New Living Translation Chapter 8

18 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat.

Noah did not leave the boat based on what he SAW, but based upon Who he HEARD!

When he knew he had heard the voice of the Lord, THEN, & ONLY then, did Noah left the ark of safety.

They left the ark to develop & commence a NEW NORMAL!

Then, he worshipped!
New Living Translation Chapter 8

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD

Using this biblical paradigm will give us insight into how we can apply godly wisdom to our current situation.
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