The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. (Genesis 8:2-3)
There is a section of the Passover seder that is called Dayenu — “It is enough.” This part of the Passover observance acknowledges God’s goodness by saying, “If He had only delivered us from Egypt, it would have been enough” but He did more. So what does this have to do with our text?
There is another application of this word, dayenu; it is applied to God’s purposes as it relates to when they have been served. For instance, when He spoke to the seas and said, “Dayenu”:
“When I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’ (Job 38:10-11)
The point is that God sets boundaries and assigns seasons and limits for things that serve His purpose. For forty days and nights He allowed the windows of heaven to be open and to rain water upon the earth. He allowed the fountains of the great deep to be broken up and issue forth, flooding the entire planet and destroying everything in it. But when this had served His purpose He said, “Dayenu” — it is enough.
Keep this in mind when as we go through seasons of testing; there is a reason for the season, and for God’s people, it is often to reveal those things within us that are unfruitful. We are given opportunity to address that which isn’t pleasing to God and to turn from it. But once the goal is accomplished and when the season’s purpose is fulfilled, God says, “Dayenu.” May it be that the season we all find ourselves in will come to a close and that we will have all drawn closer to our Creator.
Blessings and Shalom,