In Genesis 8 God stopped the waters from coming down from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. On the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. After the 40 days of flooding, Noah opened up the window on the ark and sent out a raven to continue to fly around until the earth dried up. Then Noah sent out a dove to look for dry ground. The first time the dove returned it did not find ground that was dry. Noah sent the dove out 7 days later and it returned with an olive leaf. Noah sent the dove out 7 days after that, but it did not return again. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 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 upon it." Then all living creatures on the ark came out and went on the dry land. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though [a] every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 "As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."
God made a promise that He would never again completely destroy all living creatures. This should bring us comfort because God promised not to destroy us all, and when God makes a promise He is faithful to keep that promise.