We have had heavy rain that has caused flooding in areas of our community. As we have watched the river behind our house rise, I can’t help but think about Noah and his story and how we can relate to him in our modern day lives.
Noah lived in dark times and in Genesis 6:5 we are told, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” However, Noah found favor in the eyes of God. He walked faithfully with Him and was blameless. The time came when Noah was going to have to listen to God when He commanded him to build the ark. Despite what society said and the scoffing he received from his peers, he built the ark the way God told him to. By doing so, Noah saved his family and the animals from the flood that destroyed every living creature. He fathered a generation that led to you and me. A covenant was made between God and Noah that still exists today. God will never flood the entire earth and as a sign, He sent us His rainbow.
Genesis 9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.
So, that’s Noah’s story in a nutshell. What can we take from his life and apply it to our own?
In today’s society, we are often laughed at, scoffed at and even killed in parts of the world for being a Christian and following Jesus. Sometimes you might find that it’s easier to just conform to the world instead of dealing with what life has thrown at you. Imagine living in a world full of evil and sin, can you picture the peer pressure and how hard it must have been for Noah and his family to avoid the desires of the flesh and find favor in the eyes of God?
We have to be like Noah – we have to listen to God and follow His commands because ultimately, He is saving us from our own flesh. We may not see that in the now of our trials but in the end, we will see how He worked everything together for our benefit and for His glory. He wasn’t righteous because of his essence but by his faith.
Hebrews 11:7 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.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
No matter what your flood is, God’s got a plan for your ark. The ark that is going to bring you through to the other side of your circumstance. Keep your faith because faith even as small as a mustard seed will move your mountains.