Noah: Building By Faith

Noah ark

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:7

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Genesis 6:9 

Noah is the first among many of the men and women of great faith that are recorded in the Bible. His story begins in Genesis 6 and ends in Genesis 9. He is probably one of the more famous or well known people in the bible. There are very few people, churched and unchurched, who have not heard of Noah.

Recently there has been a movie made about Noah and his ark. I have not seen it, so I cannot answer to how accurate it may or may not be. However, this shows that there is some knowledge of Noah to most of the world.

During the time of Noah people had become so corrupt and refusing to follow God, that God chose to destroy all of mankind from the face of the earth. God was choosing to do something that was completely unheard of up until that time. He was going to cause the world to be flooded. The process of this flooding was to be done by rains and water coming up from the ground.

Until this time, rain had never fallen on the earth. The ground was watered by dew and springs in the earth. It was a new concept.

Noah had been faithfully walking with God. He lived his life according to God’s commands and always did what God had said to do. Because of this, God chose to save him, his family and the animals from the flooding.

The process of saving Noah would be by an ark–a very large boat. God gave him the directions on how to build the ark and what size it would be. Immediately Noah began to build the ark and it took him about one hundred years to complete it.

Now think about this for a moment. Think about what God has told Noah and what Noah had to do.

Earth destroyed

First: God said He would destroy all mankind. Wait a minute! Doesn’t God love man? Didn’t He create man to populate the earth? Why would God do this?

This took faith on Noah’s part. It went against everything that he knew about God up to this point. He had to trust that he had heard God correctly in what He had said. Noah had to believe that God would actually destroy the entire world in order for him to take the next step and actually build the ark. He trusted God’s word to him.

There may be times when God speaks to you about something that is new or different from anything else. You have to know that you have heard from God. Match it up against the word of God and see if it lines up with what God has recorded in His word. Then trust the word of God and act upon it. Do what God says to do. This is faith in action.

High water flood

Second: What is a flood? What is rain?

As long as Noah had already lived, he had never seen rain. Having never seen rain, there had never been a flood either. Yet, God was saying this was going to happen.

God was about to break the ‘rules’ of science. It had never rained, but now it would happen. God is the God of the universe, which means He can control the weather. Along with controlling the weather, He can control things in your life. He can break the ‘rules’ of science to accomplish what He needs done.

Remember that all the ‘rules’ are man-made. God did put them in place. Man is constantly learning new things. What were rules at one time, according to science, is now wrong. God can overcome the things of this world.

Trust that God is in control as Noah did and can make new things happen that have never occurred before. This is faith!

Lumber pile

Last: It took nearly 100 years to build the ark. Where did Noah get the materials from? Who paid for it? Who did the work? Why did it take so long to build? Did Noah get discouraged?

Take a moment now to think about what Noah had to do. How big was this project that God had given him to do? Think about how long it would take to get the materials to build a boat that is several hundred feet long and very tall. Then how long it would take to assemble it. Especially in a time of manual labor. There were no machines or factories. There were no automated robots to do the building. There were no computers to generate the details of how to build the boat.

Many people have visions and dreams to accomplish something great. They begin to work on it, but run into problems or it takes a long time to accomplish. As they continually hit problems or it takes too long, many give up on their dream. When they keep running into walls or barriers, they quit out of failure and give up. 

Along with those that start and never finish, there are many who never start because all they can see are the problems or challenges. They cannot see how to make the dream possible.

Believers sometimes run into this problem also. They get a vision from God for something. They don’t know how it is possible, forgetting that God is the God of impossibilities. He makes the impossible possible.

This is what faith is. It is believing that you heard what you heard God said would be possible. It is not giving up when things get tough. It is not turning down a different road when you do not understand the path. It is going forward when it does not make any sense to move forward. It is doing things that the world will ridicule and not understand. It is doing things that even many in the church will not understand or believe.

This is faith in God.

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Exodus 37:1-2 The Place To Meet God

gold

Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2

When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.

Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.

Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.

During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.

Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.

The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.

As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.

Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.

 

Genesis 8:1 God Remembers

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1

Large storms can be something that is scary to go through. The amount of damage a storm can bring, can be tremendous if the storm is big enough. 

As a person is going through a major storm, he can hear the loud roaring winds, the cracking of thunder, the roar of the rain beating down on the house, the noise of the running water off of the house, and the creaking of the house and trees in the great winds. It can be nerve wracking hearing these noises and knowing what the possible damage could be or become.

In the personal life of a person, God has also allowed other types of storms one’s life. These storms can be physical ailments, financial difficulties, marital problems, abuse, persecution, and more. During these storms, it can feel as if God has forgotten the person or abandoned him.

Those who are believers in Jesus and strive to follow God may also feel as though God has left them and forgotten all about them and what is going on. It feels as though the storm in life will never end and that all that will be left is death, pain and suffering. 

Yet, God has not forgotten. Just as He did not forget about Noah and the animals on the ark, He will not forget His people in a storm. Once the storm has accomplished its purpose, God will calm the storm. He will restore things and build things up. 

The purpose of the flood was to destroy sin and get the people to focus back on God. In life, you may be going through a storm. God may be trying to get your attention, or as with Job, He may be trying to prove your faith in Him. Either way, He has not forgotten you. He still remembers you and will preserve you and save you. 

As you travel through a storm in this life, know that God is right there with you. Know that God will save you in the end. Ask God what you need to do or learn through this storm. And give Him praise through it all. God has not, nor will ever forget you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fears of storms in this life; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will trust God will remember you always.

Genesis 7:16 Shut In By God

Crammed in tight space

The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in. Genesis 7:16

Freedom to be able to move about and come and go is the desire of most people. They do not want to be boxed in a small space. Some are even very scared of small, crowded spaces. This fear is even greater when there are no open windows to see out. The space is made to feel even smaller than it really is.

Having freedom to be able to move, to come and go as one desires, gives one a sense of control and power. When a person does not have that sense of control and power, there is usually fear. It is a fear of the unknown on the other side of the walls. It is a fear that one cannot control what may or may not happen. There is no escape.

In this passage, God had Noah load all the animals onto the ark. Once all of the animals were loaded, God closed them in. They were closed in for a purpose. God was getting ready to destroy the earth, and all who were on it, by a flood. The closing in was to protect Noah, his family and all the animals from destruction.

For forty days it would rain day and night. Then they would sit on the ark for nearly another eleven months, before they were able to open the door and get off the ark. Yet, when the waters were to go away, God would open the door and they were given their freedom back.

God will sometimes enclose the believer in a box or an ark for a time. They cannot get out of the closed space. They cannot seem to move beyond the horizon. It appears as though nothing is happening. Yet, God is still there.

Storms will arise all around you at times. During some of those times, God will close you in to protect you from that storm. You may see or hear the storm raging, but you are not destroyed by it. God is inside that closed space with you until it is time to be released to move on to the next thing in life.

Do not fear when God shuts you in for a time. Trust that He knows what is best and wait for Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will not fear the storms in life; that God will reveal how He is protecting you; and that God will close you in to carry you to a new place in life.