Hebrews 11:7 – “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” NKJV
I heard a preacher declaring that Noah was the first survivalist in recorded history and while that may be true my focus is more on Noah’s obedience. Noah believed God without any tangible or physical evidence to back up God’s command. Noah lived in a morally bankrupt world, much like ours. Everyone lived for himself seeing personal pleasure and the mantra must have been, “What is in it for me?” God’s patience and long-suffering wore thin and He issued a command to Noah that would culminate in the destruction of the world with the exception of eight souls, Noah and his family. The race would begin again.
God’s description of Noah was that he was “righteous” (Genesis 7:1). He instructed Noah as to what to do and provided everything to accomplish the command including the skill to build an ark beyond the imagination of that day. God even caused the animals obedience to Noah’s voice. After the flood we read in Genesis 8:20-21 that Noah built and altar to the LORD and God then made a promise to mankind sealing it with the sign of the rainbow as a promise He would never again destroy the world again in this manner and in verse 23 declared, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” So much for global warming. God is in control and will remain in control.
NOAH TRUSTED GOD WHEN IT DID NOT MAKE SENSE…
Imagine, as Hebrews 11:7 describes, a man building a ship in the middle of dry land. I can imagine the ridicule hurled at him by the scoffers. He had been given a command to do something that made absolutely no sense in the natural. Noah’s act of faith drew a sharp line of distinction between the evil of the unbelieving world and the righteousness of Noah. That act of obedience brought Noah into a place of powerful intimacy with God.
From a cursory view of geography it would appear that Noah lived at least 100 miles from the nearest body of water in which his ship could be launched. I can hear the skeptics asking, “How will you get your ship to water, Noah?” He had no way to accomplish that feat so it was both impossible and ridiculous to the natural mind. Isn’t that just the way with God? He uses the foolish things to confound the wise. Remember we are not talking about a few months labor but years and yet Noah continued to trust and obey.
If we “trust” and follow the “example of Noah” we will not procrastinate or attempt to explain it away, we JUST DO IT! Hey Nike, Noah got there before you! I am convinced and have proven in my life that IF I am faithful to His directives and utilize what He puts in my hand and gives as an assignment, He gives the desires of the heart. Have you ever considered that God is interested in every aspect of our lives? Psalm 33:15, “He fashions their hearts individually: He considers all their works.” God is intimately interested in every detail of our lives and it all begins and ends with obedience.
In Chariots of Fire, Olympic runner Eric Liddell said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” He went on to say, “To give up running would be to hold God in contempt.” That was Noah. God had given him a directive and enabled him to carry out those orders and Noah believed and obeyed. It is the same in our lives, God has given each of us an assignment or assignments and if we fail or reject them we are literally holding God in contempt.
May God help us be like Noah in our obedience! Blessings as you go through this wonderful day!