Noah

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Hebrews 11:7

Can you imagine being in the shoes of Noah?

Can you imagine being told to build an ark? Especially when you have no clue what an ark is…

Can you imagine being told that rain would fall and flood the earth? Especially when you didn’t know what rain or flood meant…

Can you imagine working on the same project for 120 years? Most people’s attention span doesn’t even las 120 seconds anymore!

Can you imagine having faith as great as Noah’s, to take God at His Word and build an ark that was big enough to house every species of animal?

Faith is acting on what you can’t see, knowing that God will take care of you. Noah had no idea what an ark or a flood was, but we see that He trusted and had faith in God.

I see three things in this verse about Noah.

He panicked! The Bible says he was moved with fear! I bet that Noah started to panic when God told Him there was going to be a flood and that Noah was going to have to build this huge ark! Noah probably panicked some more when he found out that this ark was going to be the hope of the world! But even though Noah had fear, even though he panicked, he still did what he was supposed to do. The Bible says that he was moved with fear, he used that fear to motivate himself to succeed!

He prepared. The Bible says he prepared an ark. This ark took 120 years to build. To build something that great for that long took preparation. It was a job that only took a day! It wasn’t a job where he could just wing his way through it. He had to prepare and follow the instructions that God gave Him exactly!

His prize! Noah’s prize for obeying God’s command was that he became an heir of the righteousness by faith. When I see that phrase “heir of the righteousness” I think of the lineage of Jesus Christ. Because Noah obeyed, he was part of the long line of people that led to the birth of Christ. I also think of the phrase in the sense, he was an heir to righteousness by his faith, he was saved from the flood by his faith.

The practical application we can take from Noah is this…

  • If you are fearful, keep moving forward, God will take care of you.
  • God has something He wants you to do, prepare and be ready for it. Your life and the life of your family will depend on how you obey God.
  • Faith and trust in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, this makes you an heir of the Heavenly Father.

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