Noah: Building By Faith

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Job 20:29 The Fate Of The Wicked

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Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29 

The world sees trouble coming for the world. They see the pollution and destruction of the land occurring and they believe that people are destroying the world. In an attempt to combat what is happening, the world strives to enact laws to get people to be more careful with how they use this planet earth, believing that this world is all there is.

Most of the people of this world believe that there may be a god, but they don’t think that they can really know him. They also believe that there may be more than one god controlling everything. Atheists deny that God exists in any form or with any religion, believing that this is all there is.

Zophar, one of Job’s friends, decides to speak. He begins this chapter describing in great detail the final destruction of the wicked, those that do not believe in God. He goes into detail as to the loss of health and wealth, loss of peace and destruction of everything. This is one thing that his friends said that is true. There is coming a day of judgement against all who do not follow God, it is their inheritance for disobedience.

While all of these things will eventually happen, they may or may not be happening to people right now. Many in the church will quickly say that it is God’s hand of judgement coming upon people when a major disaster occurs. Zophar was implying this was the case with all that happened to Job, which is not the truth, there was no judgement occurring. Job was in a proving ground.

Believers in Jesus must warn people of the coming judgement and what that will mean. They have to let people know about Jesus and His offer for salvation from the coming destruction. The world will end, but life can go on.

As a believer, you must not fear when things are going bad around you. Have no fear when all you see is death and destruction. While those things are bad, they are not the end of life. God is still in control.

Focus your life and trust in Jesus. Trust that He will save you from your sins and the coming judgement. Then you will have peace that the world cannot understand.

As you do this, warn others of the coming judgement. Be a witness for Jesus to save as many as possible.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will know the peace God gives; and God will remove all fear of coming destruction. 

Job 1:21 Praise God No Matter What Happens

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And said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21

In life many things happen that people do not usually have control over. Bad things happen and things fall apart, things that are not expected to fall apart. There are periods in the lives of many people where if anything can go wrong, it does.

During these times, many people feel as though God is against them and hates them. Many will turn away from God and leave the church in bitter anger against God, because of the constant trouble in their lives.

The majority of people think that God should give them an easy life with no problems or difficulties. Yet, Jesus had promised that there would be trouble in this world.

Job had been serving God faithfully when he got the message that all of his livestock and children were killed in a single day. Every thing he had was taken from him. Immediately upon hearing the message, Job fell down in worship to God and praised God anyways.

Job had the mindset that he came into this world with nothing and that all he had was given to him by God. God gave it to him and He can take it away. Either way God was to be praised. He trusted God’s decisions.

In order for a believer to have the same mindset as Job, he must realize that he had nothing when he came into this world. There is also nothing in this world that will last for eternity, except the souls of men and women and God. Without God no one has anything, not even life.

Job had done nothing wrong, but was being tested by God. God was proving to Satan that Job would not sin against Him under pressure. Job did not and in fact gave God praise in spite of the terrible messages brought to him.

You will have troubles in this world. Some of it will be brought on by your choices, others will be by the choices of others, and yet, others will be God allowing things to happen to test you. Regardless of why you go through troubles, praise God and trust His judgement in your life. He knows what is best for you.

Give God praise regardless of what happens. It will be worth it in the end with eternal life.

I pray today that you will trust God’s judgements in your life; that you will praise God in every circumstance; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will honor God with all you say and do. 

2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping Over Fallen Enemy

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They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12 

When an enemy falls, many people rejoice. They are glad to see that the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. Throughout history it is a common sight to see people rejoicing when a known enemy is killed or dies. They rejoice because now that person can no longer be a threat to them.

David’s greatest enemy was Saul, who was the king of Israel. Saul was set out to kill David at any cost. No matter where David would go, Saul tried to follow him with an army and destroy him. Later, when Saul was killed in a battle, David and his men wept and fasted in mourning for his death. David did not want to see King Saul killed. In fact, he killed the man who had chosen to kill King Saul.

While the world often rejoices at the death of an enemy, there have been many believers who have also rejoiced with them. They see the death as something very good.

Although the death of the enemy may mean the end of some suffering, it is also death of a person, a person who is lost for eternity. When a person dies without Christ, he is lost in his sins forever. There is no return. There are no more chances to become a believer.

Rejoicing over that death does not show God’s love or compassion at all. It shows the heart of the world, rejoicing over evil and being lost.

Every believer needs to have the heart of Jesus, who would weep over those who would do wrong to Him. God never rejoices over the destruction of an enemy. He sees each one as a lost child that can never return home.

Knowing and understanding the heart of God will strengthen you to show love to your enemies. Jesus said to love everyone, including the enemy. Rejoicing over their destruction or death is not showing His love, but the world’s hatred.

Allow God’s love for you and all people fill you up so that you may love everyone the same. When you see the destruction of an enemy, you will not rejoice, but weep, knowing how lost they are for all eternity.

Weep, don’t rejoice, over those who can never accept Jesus anymore.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that your heart will break at the destruction of any person; and that your love will be a sign of God’s love to this world. 

Joshua 7:12 Consequences Of Sin

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That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12

Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.

Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.

As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.

Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.

Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.

Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.

Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.

There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love.