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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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

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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. 

Genesis 6:22 Follow The Instructions

 

Hispanic father and son building wooden airplane model

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

Following instructions are not something that a lot of people like to do. People like to follow some of the instructions, as long as it is convenient, easy to do and makes sense.

Many fathers are known to toss out the instructions on how to put a new toy together for their child, because they believe that they can put it together with no help or guidance. In the end, they have a large mess and still need the instructions.

In the workplace there are many people who do not like to follow the instructions of the employer because they believe they know what is better and easier. They will try to cut corners, rather than follow the instructions, thinking that they will do a better, faster job to make look better. Yet, often, it creates a larger mess.

Instructions are given for a reason. There serve a purpose to have something done in a way that will work correctly with no problems. When putting a model airplane together, if all the instructions are not followed exactly, a part may not be able to be put in.

God had created the earth and mankind, and they had been living on the earth for some time. As a whole the people had turned their backs on God. At some point God decides to destroy everyone on the earth except Noah and his family. God tells Noah to build a large boat and gives him all the details. Noah does everything just as God commanded him. He followed all the instructions.

It may not have made any sense for Noah to build the boat. It had never flooded that much in history, people had never been destroyed before, it was difficult, and it was different. Yet, if Noah had not built it, he would have been killed in the flood.

As a believer, there will times God will give you some instructions. Sometimes it will be through some passage you read in the Bible, other times it will be through God speaking to you directly. Either way,  you need to follow those instructions.

Every instruction God gives you is in place to build you or someone else more like Jesus, or to build His kingdom. Each person needs to do his part in the right way.

Can God count on you to follow His instructions in building His kingdom?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do His work; that God will use you to build His kingdom; and that you will be faithful in following all of God’s instructions for you. 

Ezekiel 14:17-18 Only One Allows For Salvation

“Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.” Ezekiel 14:17-18

God was telling Ezekiel who could be saved during the judgment against a nation. He lists Daniel, Noah, and Job as the three men, who were known to be righteous, God-fearing men, whom God listened to. These men would be saved, but they would not be able to save any of their children. They would be saved on their own merit alone.

There are people who grow up in homes with parents who believe in God. They grow up being brought to church, but do not have a relationship with God. It is just something that they do, not who they are. They go because mom and dad told them that they must go.

Many of these very same people go to church believing that they are saved. The parents believe that they are saved also. Yet, they do not have a relationship with God. They have never asked for forgiveness for their sins and are not really following God. There is no real salvation.

People cannot be saved on the merit of someone else. It is an individual thing for each person. There will be a day when Jesus returns to judge the world. Those who have chosen to not believe in Him, will be destroyed and cast into hell, separated from God for all eternity.

Jesus had even said that there would be many who claimed to know Him, but that He never knew them. The reason He does not know them is because they never did His will.

You are not saved by what you do, it is only by faith in Jesus that you are saved. However, you prove your faith in Jesus by what you do. You cannot hang onto what your parents or someone else has done to get saved.

What would Jesus say about you or to you if He was to return today?

Would you be found true and faithful to Him?

Or would He say He does not know you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will prove your faith by serving Him; that you will not rely on salvation because of another person; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Genesis 6:22 Do Everything God Commands

“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Genesis 6:22

God was upset with the people of the world. As a whole, the entire population of earth was extremely corrupt and sinful. He chose to destroy the world by a flood. At the same time God chose to save Noah and his family and some of the animals.

Think a little about what God was telling Noah. First, that He would destroy the world by a flood. Up to this point in history of the world there had been no floods. The earth was being watered by the dew and water coming up out of the ground Noah probably could not comprehend rain, much less the flooding of everything.

Then, God tells him to build a very large boat. The dimensions are about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. That is a very large boat and God told Noah to build it with his three sons. Again, Noah most likely was unable to fully understand the size of that boat.

What God was telling Noah would happen and what he was to do did not make sense. Nothing like it had ever happened before. Why would it happen now?

Yet, Noah did exactly everything God told him to do and in the way He told him to do it. In this way God had preserved mankind from being completely destroyed from the earth. Through Noah, He saved mankind.

Since Noah fully obeyed God, you are here today.

Now, several thousand years later, God may be asking you to do something. He will not ask you to build a large boat to save mankind, since He promised to never to destroy the world by a flood again.

However, God may ask you to do something that does not make sense. It may be something simple, such as talking to someone, who hates Christians, about Jesus. Or asking you to give more to a mission than ever before.

Or it could be larger things, such as picking up to move somewhere to start ministry. Or to go on a missions trip.

The list of what God could ask you to do is unlimited. Are you going to do what He asks you to do? Are you going to trust that He is with you in it?

Or will you decline in fear?

I pray today that you will hear what God is telling you; that God will reveal to you what He wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do His will; and that you will do what ever God asks of you.

Genesis 6:8-9 Finding Favor With God

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 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 6:8-9

People were multiplying on the earth and spreading across the earth. They were learning to do more and more. Along with that, however, the people also started to sin more. The Bible does not say what they were doing, but it was enough to make God angry. He chose to destroy everyone and everything on the earth.

But, Noah had found favor with God. He did not live in the sin like all the other people were doing. Noah had walked with God faithfully each day. He was described as righteous and blameless.

Being called righteous by God and blameless by the people is a very large thing. For a person to be righteous, he must do the right thing all the time. Noah was known for following and obeying God. He chose to do the correct thing every time. This was so much so that the people could not find anything to blame him for.

The Bible tells us that in the end times the world will be just like Noah’s time. People will be living in sin and very few will be found to be righteous and blameless.

Look around you, how many people can you find that live righteous lives? How many live blameless lives? How many live faithfully for God? Now add all three of these characteristics together and how few meet all three.

When God looks at your life what does He see?

Just like Noah and the people of his time, you have a choice on how to live. You can live like the majority of the world does–in sin. Or you can choose to live like the few who are true followers of Jesus.

Live in the righteousness of Jesus and choose to do the right thing all the time, every time. Live your life in a way that the world cannot find any fault with you in anything. In living this way, you will be living faithfully for God.

Have you found favor in the eyes of God today?

I pray today that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will live a blameless life; that you will be faithful to God in everything you do; and that you will find favor in the eyes of God.