“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 comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7 One day God comes to the man named Noah and He says, “I am not pleased with my creation! In all the world I can find no one who will listen to me but you. Noah, when I look at you, I am pleased with your life, so I’m going to flood the world and start all over again with you and your family. I want you to build a huge boat that will save you and the animals.”
I can see three problems that could have caused Noah to doubt: First: Noah had never seen rain. What is God talking about here? Prior to the flood God watered the earth from the ground up. There was no such thing as rain. What is that going to look like?
Second: Where was the water for this boat to sail upon? There was no large body of water anywhere near Noah and his family. This does not make a whole lot of sense. Even if he could build a huge boat, how would he get it to water? And third: there was the problem of getting all the animals and then caring for them. Where were they coming from and how would they be gathered to get into this huge boat? And then the food to be gathered. God is sure asking a lot from this one man and his small family… so it may seem.
The interesting thing is that Noah never complained or made excuses. He never debated God about the issue. He knew the world around him was all messed up. He knew because scripture says in Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” So, Noah knew the culture of man was in trouble. He saw it every day. And in the midst of it all Genesis 6:9 “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Noah just trusted God completely, and certainly you would think that pleased God.
Now, think about the culture you and I live today. There is a lot of stuff carrying on all over the world. There is chaos, civil unrest, racial tensions, there is immorality much like in the days of Noah. Certainly, God is not pleased. How long will He wait before He pours out His wrath upon the sin and wickedness of our generation? Who knows? Only this, that God’s “patience is such that no one would perish but that all would come to repentance.” Isn’t that what Peter said? So, what should we be doing? Simple answer: trust Him.
Trusting God completely means having the faith that God knows what is best for my life. You expect him to keep his promises, you expect Him to help you with your problems, and you expect Him to do the impossible when necessary. Psalm 147:11 “the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. Think about it; he faced many discouraging days. With no sign of rain year after year, he was probably criticized as “the nut who thinks God speaks to him.” I can almost imagine Noah’s children were often embarrassed by the giant boat being built on the front yard and yet, Noah kept on trusting God. He kept the faith.
What about you & me; in what areas of our lives do “I” need to trust God more than what “I” am trusting Him with right now? Trusting is an act of our worship. Just as parents are pleased when children trust them, our faith makes God pleased. The Bible says, Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” Is “my” faith something God is pleased with?
In Him, Your Pastor,