Genesis 6:7-8 (NIV): So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
The world and its wickedness broke the heart of the loving and Almighty God! But, Noah!
But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. With not a cloud in sight, never having seen rain, Noah over a span of decades, faithfully built this thing called the ark! Now if that is not obedience, what is?
It had been years and the effort humongous! When Noah is first mentioned in Genesis 5:32, he was 500 years old. God commanded Noah to build the ark and when he finally entered the ark, he was 600 years old. Though the Bible is not clear on how many years it actually took Noah to build the ark, it obviously took many long years and was not a quick and overnight task. The task was not easy, nor did Noah have any prior experience. But yet Noah hammered away, and for years!
Seriously Noah? Just imagine Noah busily creating this never-before-seen kind of structure, to protect against a never-before-experienced thing called rain! The possible ridicule and discouragement he faced from the watching world, is not difficult to imagine! Try as he might, his friends and neighbours, wanted no part in Noah’s new found hobby! But yet Noah hammered away, and for years!
Nothing indicated an approaching storm. Never had the world experienced rain yet. But yet Noah hammered away, and for years!
The Bible records repeatedly, that Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. Obedience is the cornerstone of our faith in God. Noah’s obedience led to him receiving God’s blessing and reward, while the disobedience of the watching world, led to their destruction.
As the Lord’s heart breaks looking at the world today, wicked and depraved as it is, would He be able to see a – but Noah, in you? Someone who would obey and simply do. You may have no prior experience, no requisite talent, you may be surrounded by people, who have no clue and definitely don’t share your passion for the task. Yet, will you obey?
Lord though I may not always understand, help me be to You obedient, to do whatever You are calling me to do, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.