Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Genesis 6:13-14; 22 God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out… Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
One of my favorite models of faith in the Bible is Noah. Just think of what it must have been like for him. He and his family were living in a tropical world where they had never seen or needed rain. All the moisture they ever needed was all around them in the atmosphere, and the daily dew was sufficient for all necessary watering because the ground water was so plentiful. That’s why it says in Genesis 7:11 that when the flood began, God released all the springs of the great deep and the floodgates of the atmosphere.
What were the neighbors thinking when Noah started to build an ark? God directed this faithful man of integrity and righteousness to build a boat. Not just any boat, but a boat so large that at least two of every animal in the known world could reside in it for a period of one year. This wasn’t just a little dugout canoe for fishing.
Noah’s obedience was a statement of faith in God’s Word and a step of faith in God’s direction. The first step of obedience lasted 120 years; the time it took to complete the ark. But any step of faith in God’s direction, regardless of the length or difficulty of the road traveled, results in God’s glory.
That’s the kind of faith we need today: faith in God’s Word that results in steps of faith in God’s direction. Let’s apply this to our personal lives. Where has God been speaking but we have not been stepping? Maybe it’s in a career decision where it will take great faith to trust God’s Word and step in God’s direction rather than in the direction of the world’s provision. Maybe it’s in a relationship, where it will take great faith to step in God’s direction rather than in the direction of personal fulfillment or gratification. Maybe it’s in financial issues, where it will take great faith to step out in God’s direction by giving substantially to His Kingdom work rather than to the building of an earthly kingdom for self.
Whatever the issue in your life, right now is the right time to look up in obedience to God’s Word and step out by faith in God’s direction. Like Noah, God will give you specific directions. Follow them. There may be opposition. People will certainly misunderstand. Make the decision to not worry about pleasing people. Your rewards and blessings come from God, not people.
Lord, give us the faith of Noah to trust your Word and tread your path.