The Faith of Noah
Just think about Noah for a minute.
Not to be cheeky, but that man had some faith. When I think of all God has done for us and how much my faith has increased all I need to do is think of this man and realise… I have miles to go…
Here is a man who lived hundreds of miles from the nearest body of water yet God tells him to build a boat. Not just any boat, a boat that will take 100 years to build, it’s so big. Probably 5 or 10 of those years was spent just chopping down the trees. His neighbours told him he was absolutely nuts. He probably had to walk an extra mile to get to work just going around this behemoth of a boat. They must have thought he was absolutely bonkers… I mean what clown builds a boat that big in basically, the desert?
… One who trusts his God. One who knows that being mocked by his friends and neighbours is nothing compared to what he will gain by obeying his LORD. One who despite possible Noah’s era graffiti on this great boat calling him a fool, trusts that God’s plan is better than man’s. What is wisdom to man is foolishness to God. A man who’s faith was rewarded. A man who was basically given a brand new earth for his wife and family to build something else… a new world. Just he and his sons and their wives and children.
I hope to one day have faith that big. I trust God and have made decisions that were scary but I knew were obedient and have suffered for it. Not to this degree I’m certain, but God’s plans are always so much grander than our own.
So much grander…
“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Hebrews 11.7