I have to say, I can’t take credit for any of what I’m about to share in today’s post, these points are based on a sermon that my pastor gave this last Sunday, they’ve been so applicable for me over the last few weeks, that I have a feeling that there’s someone else out there struggling with the same issues of going against the flow.
Verse 5 of Genesis 6 sets the stage well:
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth –men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, the birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Noah was a righteous man and walked with God.
God instructed Noah to build an ark and told him that he would bring flood waters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth would perish except for Noah and his family.
Let’s note here the COURAGE that Noah exhibited:
-He did not defend his actions
-He refused to be discouraged by his critics
His courage was based on:
1) ABSOLUTE assurance that he heard from God (vs. 13-21)
2) The awareness of God’s presence with him (vs. 9)
3) The clarity of the instructions that God gave him (vs. 14)-instructions of the height, width, breadth, and door placement on the boat
4) The experience of God’s strength in him (vs. 14) God won’t call you to do anything that he doesn’t give you the readiness to do
5) The warning of God’s coming judgment (vs. 7, 13)
6) The favor of God overshadowed him (vs. 6:8, 7:1)
7) The intimate relationship he had with God (vs. 9–remember, He WALKED with God)
8) The promise of God regarding his future (vs. 17b, 18 “Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife and your sons wives with you.”)
Here’s the thing, there is complete silence in the Scripture about the opposition that Noah faced when he started building the ark. Noah couldn’t explain the structure, there was no earthly reason why he should be building a boat, but be assured that if the earth was as wicked as the Bible says it was, Noah was mocked, questioned, probably harassed and by outside appearances, felt very, very alone. But we have to go back to the above points, God didn’t call him and leave him there, he gave him specific instructions, he gave him a family to help him, he gave him supernatural strength to accomplish this task, and lastly and probably the most daunting of all, he took care of the very last step, the animals came to him.
God’s equips, God prepares but then he asks us to step out and faith. And you’re going to be scared. You’re going to face opposition, but remember, as believers in Jesus Christ, the battle is not ours, it’s the Lord’s.
Friends, if there is something that God is calling you to do, something that defies human logic, something that will undoubtedly bring you criticism and opposition, then step out, God’s going to show himself mighty and faithful. He’s going to equip you, strengthen you and shelter you. You only need to face what’s right in front of you, not the feckless fears that lurk around the corner.
Care to share your own Noah experience?